General THOMAS DALYELL (DALZIEL) who served Charles the second at the battle or Worcester, and thereafter being taken prisoner by the rebels, after long imprisonment made his escape out of the Tower of London, went to Muscovy, where he served the emperor of Russia as one of the generals of his forces against the Polanders and Tartars, till the year 1665, when he was recalled by king Charles the second; and thereafter did command his majesty's forces at the defeat of the rebels at Pentland-Hills, in Scotland; and continued lieutenant-general in Scotland, when his majesty had any standing forces in that kingdom, till the year of his death, 1685.
Thomas Dalziel, an excellent soldier, but a singular man, was taken prisoner, fighting for Charles II. at the battle of Worcester. After his return from Muscovy, he had the command of the king's forces in Scotland; but refused to serve in that kingdom under the duke of Monmouth, by whom he was superseded only for a fortnight. After the battle of Bothwell-bridge, he, with the frankness which was natural to him, openly reproved the duke for his misconduct upon that occasion. As he never shaved his beard since the murder of Charles I. it grew so long, that it reached almost to his girdle. Though his head was bald, he never wore a peruke; but covered it with a beaver hat, the brim of which was about three inches broad. He never wore boots, nor above one coat, which had straight sleeves, and sat close to his body. He constantly went to London once a year to kiss the king's hand. His grotesque figure attracted the notice of the populace, and he was followed by a rabble with huzzas, wherever he went.
---A Biographical History of England. J. Granger, 1779.
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