Henry Riddell

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Henry Riddell
Henry James Riddell.jpg
Henry Riddell
Died 8 March 1861
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Rank General
Commands held Commander-in-Chief, Scotland
Battles/wars Napoleonic Wars
Awards Knight of the Royal Guelphic Order

General Henry James Riddell KH (died 8 March 1861) was a British Army officer who became Commander-in-Chief, Scotland.

Military career[edit]

Riddell was commissioned in 1798 and took part in the Battle of Copenhagen in August 1807 during the Napoleonic Wars.[1] He became a major in 50th Regiment of Foot on 12 December 1807 and transferred to the 79th Regiment of Foot on 21 April 1808.[2] He became permanent assistant at the Quartermaster General's Department on 4 January 1810 and then went to Spain as Assistant Quartermaster General on the staff in November 1810.[2] He was present at the crossing of the River Bidasoa in 1813.[1]

Riddell served as Commander-in-Chief, Scotland and also as Governor of Edinburgh Castle from 1847[3] to 1852.[1] He was also colonel of the 6th Regiment of Foot.[4]

Riddell is buried in Greyfriars Kirkyard in central Edinburgh.[5]


  1. ^ a b c "History of the ancient Ryedales, and their descendants in Normandy, Great Britain, Ireland, and America, from 860 to 1884". Retrieved 29 November 2014.
  2. ^ a b "British Regiments and the Men Who Led Them 1793-1815: 79th Regiment of Foot". Napoloean Series. Retrieved 29 November 2014.
  3. ^ "No. 20711". The London Gazette. 5 March 1847. p. 918.
  4. ^ "Henry James Riddell". The Peerage.com. Retrieved 29 November 2014.
  5. ^ Monuments and monumental inscriptions in Scotland: The Grampian Society, 1871
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Neil Douglas
Commander-in-Chief, Scotland
Succeeded by
Sir Thomas Napier
Governor of Edinburgh Castle