George Upton, 3rd Viscount Templetown

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
The Viscount Templetown
George Upton Vanity Fair 18 August 1888.JPG
Viscount Templetown caricatured by Carlo Pellegrini (Ape) for Vanity Fair in 1888
Born 5 August 1802
Died 4 January 1890 (1890-01-05) (aged 87)
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank General
Commands held Western District
Southern District
Battles/wars Crimean War
Awards GCB

General George Frederick Upton, 3rd Viscount Templetown GCB (5 August 1802 – 4 January 1890), styled The Honourable George Upton until 1863, was an Irish soldier and politician.

Military career[edit]

Upton was the second son of John Upton, 1st Viscount Templetown of Botleys, Surrey.

He joined the British Army in 1823 and was promoted lieutenant in 1825, captain in 1826, major in 1837, and lieutenant-colonel in 1841, all in the 62nd Foot, with the exception of the period 13th February 1827 to 8th June 1830 when serving as a Captain with 60th rifles.[1][2] 

In 1842 he transferred to be captain and lieutenant-colonel in the Coldstream Guards. He was a major and brevet colonel in command of 1st Battalion in the Crimea in 1854–55, taking part in the Battles of the Alma and Inkerman and was made CB in 1855 and major general in 1858. He was made a commander of the Legion of Honour in 1856[3] and awarded the Order of the Medjidie (fourth class) in 1858.[4]

In 1859 he was returned to parliament for County Antrim, a seat he held until 1863,[5] when he succeeded his childless elder brother in the viscountcy. In 1866 he was elected an Irish Representative Peer.[6]

Promoted lieutenant-general, he became general officer commanding Western District at Devonport in January 1865 and general officer commanding Southern District at Portsmouth in August 1870.[7]

He was briefly colonel of the 90th Foot in 1862 before transferring to be colonel of 2nd Battalion, 60th Rifles from 1862 to 1876 and then the 2nd Life Guards from 1876 until his death in 1890. He was elevated to KCB in 1869 and promoted full general on 6 April 1873.[8] He was further elevated to GCB in 1886.

Lord Templetown died in January 1890, aged 87, and was buried at Castle Upton, County Antrim. He had married Susan Woodford, the daughter of Field Marshal Sir Alexander Woodford GCB and was succeeded in the viscountcy by his nephew, Henry.


  1. ^ Wallace, Nesbit Willoughby (1879). A regimental chronicle and list of officers of the 60th, or the King's Royal Rifle Corps, formerly the 62nd, or the Royal American Regiment of Foot. London, Harrison. pp. 200, 202. 
  2. ^ "Monthly Record of Military Promotions, Appointments, &c". The National Magazine. 1 (1): 122–126. 1830. 
  3. ^ "No. 21909". The London Gazette. 4 August 1856. p. 2701. 
  4. ^ "No. 22107". The London Gazette. 2 March 1858. p. 1252. 
  5. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "A" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]
  6. ^ Representative Peers - Ireland
  7. ^ "Army Commands" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 21 November 2015. 
  8. ^ "No. 23971". The London Gazette. 29 April 1873. p. 2128. 

External links[edit]

Military offices
Preceded by
William Hutchinson
GOC Western District
Succeeded by
Sir Augustus Spencer
Preceded by
Sir George Buller
GOC Southern District
Succeeded by
Sir Charles Hastings Doyle
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
George Hume Macartney
Thomas Henry Pakenham
Member of Parliament for County Antrim
With: Thomas Henry Pakenham
Succeeded by
Thomas Henry Pakenham
Hon. Edward O'Neill
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
Henry Montagu Upton
Viscount Templetown
Succeeded by
Henry Upton