George Howard (British Army officer)

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Sir George Howard
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Sir George Howard
Born 17 June 1718
Died 16 July 1796 (aged 78)
Allegiance  Kingdom of Great Britain
Service/branch British Army
Rank Field Marshal
Battles/wars War of the Austrian Succession
Jacobite Rebellion
Seven Years' War
Awards Knight of the Order of the Bath

Field Marshal Sir George Howard PC KB (17 June 1718 – 16 July 1796) was a British military officer.

Military career[edit]

Born the son of Thomas Howard and his wife Mary, Howard was commissioned into his father's regiment (later the 24th Regiment of Foot) in 1725.[1] He commanded the 3rd Regiment of Foot at the Battle of Fontenoy during the War of the Austrian Succession.[1]

He fought at the Battle of Falkirk and the Battle of Culloden during the Jacobite Rebellion and was accused of treating the defeated highlanders harshly.[1]

He also took part in the Raid on Rochefort in 1757[2] and commanded a brigade at the Battle of Warburg in 1760 during the Seven Years' War.[2]

He was Colonel of the 7th (The Queen's Own) Regiment of Dragoons and then the 1st (The King's) Dragoon Guards.[2] He was appointed Knight of the Bath in 1763.[2]

He served in the House of Commons as Member of Parliament (MP) for Lostwithiel from 1761 to 1766 and for Stamford from 1768 until his death.[2]

He became field marshal on 12 October 1793.[2]

He was also Governor of the Royal Hospital Chelsea from 1768 to 1795[3] and Governor of Jersey from 1795 to 1796.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Heathcote, p. 179
  2. ^ a b c d e f Heathcote, p. 180
  3. ^ Survey of London, volume 11, edited by Walter H. Godfrey (editor), Published 1927
  4. ^ "Governors and Lieutenant-Governors of Jersey". Government of Jersey. Retrieved 31 August 2013. 
Assembly seats
Preceded by
James Edward Colleton
Thomas Clarke
Member of Parliament for Lostwithiel
with James Edward Colleton

1761–1766
Succeeded by
James Edward Colleton
Viscount Beauchamp
Preceded by
George Bridges Brudenell
George René Aufrère
Member of Parliament for Stamford
with George René Aufrère 1768–1774
Henry Cecil 1774–1790
The Earl of Carysfort 1790–1796

1768–1796
Succeeded by
The Earl of Carysfort
John Leland
Military offices
Preceded by
Thomas Howard
Colonel of the 3rd Regiment of Foot
1749–1763
Succeeded by
John Craufurd
Preceded by
John Mostyn
Colonel of the 7th (The Queen's Own) Regiment of Dragoons
1763–1779
Succeeded by
Sir Henry Clinton
Colonel of the 1st (The King's) Dragoon Guards
1779–1796
Succeeded by
Sir William Augustus Pitt
Preceded by
Richard Lyttelton
Governor of Minorca
1766–1768
Succeeded by
John Mostyn
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Sir Robert Rich
Governor, Royal Hospital Chelsea
1768–1795
Succeeded by
The Marquess Townshend