The inscription on the Obelisk in Rostrevor reads as follows:
MAJOR-GENERAL ROBERT ROSS
Served with distinction in Holland, Egypt, Italy, Spain, and France.
Conquered in America, and fell victorious at Baltimore. Born 1766, Hilden 1799, Alexandria 1804, Maida 1806, Corunna 1809, Vittoria 1813, Ortho 1813, Pyrenees 1813, Bladensburg 1814, Baltimore 1814.
The officers of a grateful army
which, under the command of the lamented
MAJOR GENERAL ROBERT ROSS,
attacked and dispersed the American forces
at Bladensburg on the 24th August, 1814,
and on the same day victoriously entered Washington,
the capital of the United States,
inscribed upon this tablet
their admiration for his professional skill,
and their esteem for his amiable private character.
His well-earned fame is also recorded
by the monument erected at his grave
at Halifax, Nova Scotia, by the army in that command,
by that which his mourning officers of the 20th Foot
raised in his Parish Church at Rostrevor;
that placed in St. Paul’s Cathedral,
as the last tribute of a Nation’s praise,
by his country.
** Note that the Battle of Alexandria occurred in 1801 and the Battle of Orthes in 1814.