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CORNET. A commissioned officer in a regiment of cavalry.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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[5] In 1759, shortly after his fifteenth birthday, Pattie was bought a Cornetcy in the Royal North British Dragoons (Scots Greys).
Petersburg, where his father, the 9th Baron Cathcart, was ambassador (1771-1773); studied law in Dresden and Glasgow, and became a lawyer (1776); succeeded to the title on his father's death (1776); purchased a cornetcy in the 7th Dragoons (June), then transferred to the 16th Light Dragoons in America (June 1777); distinguished himself in the attack on Fort Clinton (October 6, 1777); won promotion to lieutenant (November), and captain in the 17th Light Dragoons (December); served under General Howe in Philadelphia, where he helped to raise the British Legion, later led by Col.