Henry Pigot

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Sir Henry Pigot
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Sir Henry Pigot
Born 1750
Died 7 June 1840
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank General
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George

General Sir Henry Pigot GCMG (1750 - 7 June 1840) was a British Army officer.

Military career[edit]

Born the son of Admiral Hugh Pigot, Pigot was commissioned as a cornet in 1769.[1] He served in the Netherlands in 1793 and, following the Siege of Malta, accepted the surrender of Valletta from the French forces under General Claude-Henri Belgrand de Vaubois in September 1800.[1] He went on to be Civil Commissioner of Malta in February 1801.[2] As civil commissioner, he wanted to demolish the majority of Valletta's fortifications, but this act was never done and the city's majestic fortifications survive to this day.[3]

Pigot was colonel of the 82nd Regiment of Foot and then of the 38th Regiment of Foot.[1] He was appointed a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George in 1837.[4]


Political offices
Preceded by
Sir Alexander Ball
Civil Commissioner of Malta
February 1801 - July 1801
Succeeded by
Charles Cameron