Jeronimo Saornil

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Jeronimo Saornil (b.1771, Pozal de Gallinas, Valladolid) is the leader of a band of Spanish irregulars (or 'guerrillas'), who help the British against the French in the Peninsula War . He is described as being of a wild and bandit-like appearance, but he and his men are instrumental in the rescue of Major Colquhoun Grant [31].

Saornil, who began life as the son of humble peasants, briefly joined the Spanish infantry but returned to work upon the land until, in 1808, he became the leader of a band of some twenty men who had taken up arms against the French in his native province of Valladolid. The rest is history.