François de La Rochefoucauld, marquis de Montendre
|The Marquis de Montendre|
|Died||11 August 1739 (aged 66)|
|Allegiance||Kingdom of Great Britain|
|Years of service||1692 - 1739|
|Battles/wars||War of the Spanish Succession|
Field Marshal François de La Rochefoucauld, marquis de Montendre ( Doudeauville branch of the Family)(Montendre September 1672 –London 11 August 1739) was a British soldier, who had left France as a Huguenot refugee. He became a field marshal in the British Army.
Born a brother of the 3rd marquis de Montendre and having left France as a Huguenot refugee, La Rochefoucauld was commissioned into William III's Army in 1692 and given command of Francis du Cambon's Regiment of Foot. He served in Ireland and in the Low Countries. He inherited his brother's title in 1702. In 1704 he joined the staff of the Earl of Galway and fought at the Siege of Badajoz in 1705, the Battle of Alcantara in 1706 and the advance to Madrid in 1706. Later in 1706 he became Colonel of Dungannon's Regiment, and in 1707 he was made Commander of a Brigade which landed in Portugal. He commanded this brigade at the Battle of Caya in 1709.
In 1728 he became Master General of the Ordnance in Ireland and on 2 July 1739 he was promoted to field marshal; he died later that year. His body lies in Westminster Abbey. His grave has recently been rehabilitated by his descendant, the duke de La Rochefoucauld-Doudeauville (15/01/2013)
In 1710 he married Mary Anne von Spanheim: they had no children.
- Heathcote, p.99
- Heathcote, p. 100
- Heathcote, T. A., The British Field Marshals 1736-1997, Leo Cooper, 1999, ISBN 0-85052-696-5
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