William Keppel (British Army officer)

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William Keppel
Born 5 November 1727
Died March 1782
Allegiance  Kingdom of Great Britain
Service/branch British Army
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands held Ireland
Battles/wars Seven Years' War

Lieutenant-General William Keppel (5 November 1727 – March 1782) was a British soldier, the third son of Willem Anne van Keppel, 2nd Earl of Albemarle.

Military career[edit]

On 17 December 1761 he was appointed colonel of the 56th Regiment of Foot, which he commanded until 1765.

In 1762, he took part (with his brothers the Earl of Albemarle and Hon. Augustus Keppel) in the British expedition against Cuba, and directed the storming of Morro Castle.[1] In 1763, he succeeded Albemarle as British governor of Cuba. The island was returned to Spain in July 1763.[2] On 31 May 1765, he was appointed colonel of the 14th Regiment of Foot,[2] which he commanded until 1775.

From 1767 until his death, he was MP for Chichester.

He was Commander-in-Chief, Ireland in 1773.[3] On 18 October 1775 he was appointed colonel of the 12th Royal Lancers, which he commanded until his death.

He was Gentleman of the Horse to George III of England and died unmarried.[3]

References[edit]

Court offices
Preceded by
Hon. Charles Roper
Page of Honour
1741–1746
Succeeded by
Harvey Smith
Preceded by
James Brudenell
Gentleman of the Horse
1747–1760
Succeeded by
Richard Berenger
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
John Page
Lord George Henry Lennox
Member of Parliament for Chichester
1767–1782
With: John Page 1767–68
Thomas Conolly 1768–80
Thomas Steele 1780–82
Succeeded by
Thomas Steele
Percy Charles Wyndham
Military offices
Preceded by
Lord Charles Manners
Colonel of the 56th Regiment of Foot
1761–1765
Succeeded by
James Durand
Preceded by
Charles Jeffereys
Colonel of the 14th Regiment of Foot
1765–1775
Succeeded by
Robert Cuninghame
Preceded by
Unknown
Commander-in-Chief, Ireland
1773–1774
Succeeded by
The Lord Heathfield
Preceded by
Sir William Augustus Pitt
Colonel of the
12th (The Prince of Wales's)
Regiment of (Light) Dragoons

1775–1782
Succeeded by
George Lane Parker