Charles Ross (British Army officer, born 1667)

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Charles Ross or Rosse (8 February 1667 – 5 August 1732) was a Scottish general and Member of Parliament.

He was the second son of George Ross, 11th Lord Ross. When Wynne's Regiment of Dragoons was raised in 1689, Ross joined as a captain, and served with the regiment in the Williamite War in Ireland. He went to Flanders with the regiment as lieutenant-colonel in 1694, and was appointed colonel of the regiment on Wynne's death, 15 July 1695. In 1704 he secured the title of the Royal Dragoons of Ireland for his regiment.

Ross was promoted brigadier-general on 9 March 1702, and major-general on 1 January. He commanded a brigade of Dragoons at the battles of Blenheim, Ramillies, Oudenarde and Malplaquet. He was further promoted to lieutenant-general on 1 January 1707, made Colonel-General of all the Dragoon Forces on 1 May 1711, and promoted to full general on 1 January 1712. He was removed from the colonelcy of the Royal Irish Dragoons on 8 October 1715, but reappointed on 1 February 1729, holding the post until his death.

General Ross was Member of Parliament for Ross-shire from 1710 to 1722 and from 1727 to 1732. In September 1713 he was appointed Envoy Extraordinary to France, but did not take up the post. He died at Bath and was buried at Fearn Abbey, leaving his estate of Balnagown to his nephew Charles Ross.

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Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Hugh Rose
Member of Parliament for Ross-shire
1709–1722
Succeeded by
Alexander Urquhart
Preceded by
Alexander Urquhart
Member of Parliament for Ross-shire
1727–1733
Succeeded by
John Munro