John Folliot (British Army officer, died 1762)

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Lieutenant-General John Folliot or Folliott (baptised 25 January 1691; died 26 February 1762) was an officer of the British Army.


The eldest son of John Folliott of Ballymacward,[1] Folliot joined the Army as a lieutenant on 1 June 1709.[2] After serving with reputation in the subordinate commissions,[3] he was promoted to the lieutenant-colonelcy of the 1st Regiment of Carabiniers (7th Horse) on 3 July 1737.[2] He was constant in his attention to all the duties of commanding officer of that distinguished corps,[3] and on 15 June 1743 was rewarded with the colonelcy of the 61st Regiment of Foot,[4] from which he was removed on 22 December 1747 to the Royal Irish Regiment.[3] He was promoted to the rank of major-general on 30 March 1754, and in 1756 was appointed major-general on the Staff in Ireland, at a salary of 30 shillings a day; he would hold this post until his death. On 18 January 1758 Folliot was promoted to lieutenant-general.[4] He was Governor of Ross Castle from 1753 until his death.[4][n 1]

Besides his military career, Folliot sat in the Irish House of Commons for Longford from 1721 to 1727, for Granard from 1727 to 1760, and for Sligo from 1761 to 1762,[1] when he died at Dublin.[6]

Lieutenant-General Folliot had been left the estates of Lickhill and Mitton in Worcestershire by Rebecca, widow of Arthur Lugg and daughter of John Soley by his wife Anne, sister of the last Lord Folliott, as her nearest relative of the name. On the general's death the estates were inherited by his first cousin John Folliott, MP for Kinsale.[7]


  1. ^ Williams also states that Folliot was Lieutenant-Governor of Kinsale and Charles Fort from 1753 until he was appointed Governor there in 1761,[4] but these posts were held by Folliot's kinsman of the same name.[5]


  1. ^ a b Edith Mary Johnston-Liik, History of the Irish Parliament, 1692-1800 (2002) vol. IV, pp. 195–6.
  2. ^ a b Army List for 1740, p. 64.
  3. ^ a b c Richard Cannon, Historical Record of the Eighteenth, or the Royal Irish Regiment of Foot (1848) p. 89.
  4. ^ a b c d W. R. Williams, "An English Army List of 1740" in Notes and Queries, 12 ser., vol. III, pp. 190-191. 10 March 1917.
  5. ^ Johnston-Liik, pp. 196–7.
  6. ^ The London Chronicle for 1762, vol. XI, p. 231.
  7. ^ H. Sydney Grazebrook, The Heraldry of Worcestershire, vol. I (1873) p. 212.
Parliament of Ireland
Preceded by
George Gore
James Macartney
Member of Parliament for Longford
With: James Macartney
Succeeded by
Michael Cuffe
Anthony Sheppard
Preceded by
Charles Coote
Robert Jocelyn
Member of Parliament for Granard
With: James Macartney
Succeeded by
Edmond Malone
Robert Sibthorpe
Preceded by
John Wynne
William Ormsby
Member of Parliament for Sligo
With: William Ormsby
Succeeded by
William Ormsby
Robert Scott
Military offices
Preceded by
Edward Richbell
Colonel of Folliot's Regiment of Foot
Succeeded by
Edward Pole
Preceded by
John Mordaunt
Colonel of the Royal Irish Regiment of Foot
Succeeded by
Sir John Sebright