About William Draper:
Brigadier-General William Draper (1721-1787), from Cambridge University database:
Adm. at KING’S, a scholar from Eton [ Buckinghamshire ], 1740 .
S. of Ingleby, officer of customs, Bristol [ Somerset ]. B. there, 1721 .
Matric. 1740 ;
B.A. 1744/5 ;
M.A. 1749 .
Fellow, 1743 .
Entered the Army.
Served at Culloden [ Nairn ] and in Flanders .
Afterwards in India , with Clive. Aided in the expedition against Manila [ Philippines ], 1763 ; the colours taken were presented to King’s Chapel.
K.B. 1765 .
Lieutenant-General, 1777 .
Lieutenant-Governor of Minorca [ Spain ], 1779 .
Died at Bath [ Somerset ], 08 Jan., 1787. M.I. in the Abbey Church [Bath, Somerset ].
( Harwood, 328; D.N.B. ; A. B. Beaven.)
About the Diary:
Published as “Draper’s Journal: A journal of the proceedings of His Majesty’s forces on the expedition against Manila,” in Blair & Robertson, The Philippine Islands: 1493 – 1898, Vol. 49, pp. 81-103.