Edward Whitmore

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Brigadier-General Edward Whitmore (born in England in 1691; died off Plymouth, Massachusetts, 10 December 1761) was a British soldier who served in Europe and North America.


He was probably[weasel words] a son of Arthur Whitmore, of York, England. He served in the War of the Austrian Succession, and was made lieutenant-colonel of the 36th Regiment of Foot in 1747. He was promoted in July 1757, colonel of the 22nd Regiment of Foot, and next year was made brigadier general. He was at the Siege of Louisburg in 1758, and, after the surrender of the town, was left there as military governor.

On a voyage to Boston in December 1761, the ship put into Plymouth harbor to seek shelter from contrary winds, and Whitmore, going on deck at midnight, accidentally fell overboard and drowned. His body was taken up next morning near the Gurnet, and carried to Boston in the same vessel. He was buried on 16 December in the King's Chapel.



  • Gwyn, Julian (1974). "Whitmore, Edward". In Halpenny, Francess G (ed.). Dictionary of Canadian Biography. III (1741–1770) (online ed.). University of Toronto Press.


Military offices
Preceded by
Richard O'Farrell
Colonel of the 22nd Regiment of Foot
Succeeded by
Hon. Thomas Gage