Hay MacDowall

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Lieutenant general
Hay MacDowall
6th General Officer Commanding, Ceylon
In office
19 July 1799 – 1804
Preceded by Josiah Champagne
Succeeded by David Douglas Wemyss
Personal details
Died March 1809
Military service
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Rank Lieutenant general
Commands General Officer Commanding, Ceylon
Madras Army
Battles/wars Napoleonic Wars
Kandyan Wars

Lieutenant general Hay MacDowall (died March 1809) was a British Army officer who was the sixth General Officer Commanding, Ceylon. He was appointed on 19 July 1799. He was succeeded by David Douglas Wemyss. Fort MacDowall in Matale was named due to his involvement during Kandyan Wars. Only the remnants of gateway and portion of the ramparts are exist today.[1]

MacDowall served in Flanders in 1793 and after serving as Commander-in-Chief in Ceylon from 1798 to 1804 he was appointed Commander-in-Chief of the Madras Army in 1807.[2] Made Colonel of the 41st Regiment of Foot in 1808, he was lost at sea near the Cape of Good Hope in March 1809.[3]


  1. ^ "Fort MacDowall at Matale". AmazingLanka.com. Retrieved 25 November 2014. 
  2. ^ The India List and India Office List
  3. ^ Napoleonic Series
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir John Cradock
C-in-C, Madras Army
Succeeded by
Sir Samuel Auchmuty
Preceded by
Sir Thomas Stirling, 5th Baronet
Colonel of the 41st Regiment of Foot
Succeeded by
Sir Josiah Champagné
Preceded by
Josiah Champagne
General Officer Commanding, Ceylon
Succeeded by
David Douglas Wemyss