Henry Trotter (British Army officer)

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Sir Henry Trotter
Henry Trotter, Vanity Fair, 1902-01-09.jpg
"Home District". Caricature by Spy published in Vanity Fair in 1902
Born (1844-01-05)5 January 1844
Died 16 July 1905(1905-07-16) (aged 61)
Mortonhall, Edinburgh
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Years of service 1862–1903
Rank Major General
Commands held Home District
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order
Other work Edward Henry Trotter (son)

Major General Sir Henry Trotter, GCVO, DL (5 January 1844 – 16 July 1905) was a senior British Army officer who served as Major General commanding the Brigade of Guards and General Officer Commanding the Home District from 1897 to 1903.

Military career[edit]

Trotter was commissioned into the Grenadier Guards in 1862.[1]

He was promoted to major general in 1895 and appointed Major General commanding the Brigade of Guards and General Officer Commanding the Home District in 1897, serving until 1903.[2] During preparations for the coronation of King Edward VII in 1902, Trotter acted as Chief Staff Officer to the Duke of Connaught, who was in supreme command of the troops taking part in all military ceremonies connected with the coronation.[3]

He lived at Mortonhall in Edinburgh[4] and leased land to the Mortonhall Golf Club when it was formed in 1892.[5]

He was also Deputy Lieutenant of Berwickshire.[2]


In 1866 he married Hon. Eva Gifford, daughter of Robert Gifford, 2nd Baron Gifford; they went on to have one daughter and four sons (two of whom gained distinction as army officers: Gerald Trotter and Edward Henry Trotter).[4]


  1. ^ "No. 22668". The London Gazette. 3 October 1862. p. 4724. 
  2. ^ a b Otago Witness 1905
  3. ^ "The Coronation". The Times (36737). London. 9 April 1902. p. 10. 
  4. ^ a b The Peerage.com
  5. ^ Mortonhall Golf Club
Military offices
Preceded by
Lord Methuen
GOC Home District
Succeeded by
Sir Laurence Oliphant