George Garth

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George Garth (1733–1819) was a British General, a commander in the American Revolutionary War, and Colonel of the 17th Regiment of Foot.


He was son of John Garth MP and Rebecca, the daughter of John Brompton and granddaughter of Sir Richard Raynsford, Lord Chief Justice of the King's Bench.

He joined the Army and served for 37 years in the 1st Regiment of Foot Guards.[1]

Garth served as second-in-command to William Tryon, during the attack on New Haven, Connecticut, in the summer of 1779 when on 5 July his forces landed at West Haven, while those of Tryon landed at East Haven.

Dispatched to replace General Augustine Prevost at Savannah, Garth was taken prisoner on HMS Experiment (1774).

In 1789 he was promoted Lieutenant-Colonel of his regiment and in 1792 transferred as Colonel to the 17th (Leicestershire) Regiment of Foot, which post he held to his death.[1] He was promoted to the rank of General in 1810 and later became Lieutenant Governor of Placentia, Newfoundland.

He died in 1819 in Beverley, Yorkshire at the age of 86.



  1. ^ a b Cannon, Richard. Historical record of the Seventeenth, or the Leicestershire Regiment of Foot: containing an account of the formation of the regiment in 1688, and of its subsequent services to 1848. pp. 14–17. 
  • The Naval History of Great Britain from the Earliest Period William Goldsmith 1825 (page 630)
  • The Gentlemans Magazine 1830 (Page 85)
  • Notes and Queries 1862 (Page 372)
  • The Pictorial Field-book of the Revolution, 1851, Benson John Lossing, Page 422
Military offices
Preceded by
George Morrison
Colonel of 17th (Leicestershire) Regiment
Succeeded by
Josiah Champagné