François de La Rochefoucauld, marquis de Montandre

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The Marquis de Montandre
Born September 1672
Died 11 August 1739 (aged 66)
Allegiance  Kingdom of Great Britain
Service/branch British Army
Years of service 1692 - 1739
Rank Field Marshal
Battles/wars War of the Spanish Succession

Field Marshal François de La Rochefoucauld, marquis de Montandre (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.

Military career[edit]

François de La Rochefoucauld, marquis de Montandre

Born a brother of the 3rd marquis de Montendre, of the Doudeauville branch of the family, 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.[1] He served in Ireland and in the Low Countries.[2] He inherited his brother's title in 1702.[2] 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.[2] Later in 1706 he became Colonel of Dungannon's Regiment, and in 1707 he was made Commander of a Brigade which landed in Portugal.[2] He commanded this brigade at the Battle of Caya in 1709.[2]

In 1728 he became Master General of the Ordnance in Ireland.[2] He was promoted to general of foot in 1735[3] and to field marshal on 2 July 1739;[4] he died later that year. His body lies in Westminster Abbey.[5] His grave has recently been rehabilitated by his descendant, the duke de La Rochefoucauld-Doudeauville (15/01/2013)

Family[edit]

In 1710 he married Mary Anne von Spanheim: they had no children.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Heathcote, p.99
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Heathcote, p. 100
  3. ^ The London Gazette: no. 7464. p. 1. 16–20 December 1735.
  4. ^ The London Gazette: no. 7823. p. 1. 14–17 July 1739.
  5. ^ Heathcote, p. 101
  • Heathcote, T. A., The British Field Marshals 1736-1997, Leo Cooper, 1999, ISBN 0-85052-696-5