Henry Pigot

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Sir Henry Pigot
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Sir Henry Pigot
Born 1750
Died 7 June 1840
London
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank General
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George

General Sir Henry Pigot GCMG (1750 – 7 June 1840) was a British Army officer.

Military career[edit]

Born the son of Admiral Hugh Pigot, Pigot was commissioned as a cornet in 1769.[1] He served in the Netherlands in 1793 and, following the Siege of Malta, accepted the surrender of Valletta from the French forces under General Claude-Henri Belgrand de Vaubois in September 1800.[1] He went on to be Civil Commissioner of Malta in February 1801.[2] As civil commissioner, he accepted the demolition of the majority of the fortifications of Valletta, but this act was never done and the city walls survive largely intact to this day.[3]

Pigot was colonel of the 82nd Regiment of Foot (1798–1836) and then of the 38th Regiment of Foot (1836–1840).[1] He was promoted full general on 1 January 1812 and appointed a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George in 1837.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  2. ^ World Statesmen
  3. ^ Bonello, Giovanni (18 November 2012). "Let's hide the majestic bastions". Times of Malta. Retrieved 5 October 2014. 
  4. ^ The Peerage.com
Political offices
Preceded by
Sir Alexander Ball
Civil Commissioner of Malta
February 1801 – July 1801
Succeeded by
Charles Cameron
Military offices
Preceded by
Hon. Sir Charles James Greville
Colonel of the 38th (1st Staffordshire) Regiment of Foot
1836–1840
Succeeded by
Sir Jasper Nicolls
Preceded by
James Stuart
Colonel of the 82nd (The Prince of Wales's Volunteers) Regiment of Foot
1798–1836
Succeeded by
Sir John Wilson