John Macleod (British Army officer)

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Sir John Macleod
Born 29 January 1752
Died 1833
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Lieutenant-General
Battles/wars American Revolutionary War
Peninsular War
Napoleonic Wars
Awards Royal Guelphic Order

Lieutenant General Sir John Angus Macleod GCH (29 January 1752 - 1833) was Master Gunner, St James's Park, the most senior ceremonial post in the Royal Artillery after the sovereign.

Military career[edit]

Educated at the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, Macleod was commissioned into the Royal Artillery in 1771.[1]

In 1781, he was ordered to join the force under Earl Cornwallis which was sent to North Carolina and which took part in the Battle of Guilford.[2] He was, in 1782, appointed Commander of the Royal Artillery at a time when they had just five battalions.[3] He was appointed Deputy Adjutant-General of the Royal Artillery, an honorary position, in 1795.[4] Under Macleod's direction the Royal Artillery had been expanded to ten battalions by 1808.[5] He also held the position of Master Gunner, St James's Park from 1808.[6]

In 1809, he was involved in the expedition to Walcheren.[7] After the Battle of Waterloo, the Duke of Wellington appointed him Director-General of the Royal Artillery.[8]

In April 1827, he was given command of the Field Train, again an honorary position.[9]

He died in 1833.[10]


  1. ^ Military Memoir of Lieutenant General Sir John Macleod, Page 5
  2. ^ Memoir, Page 7
  3. ^ Memoir, Page 12
  4. ^ "No. 13765". The London Gazette. 31 March 1795. p. 293. 
  5. ^ Memoir, Page 19
  6. ^ "Royal Artillery at". Archived from the original on 12 January 2008. Retrieved 2010-10-31. 
  7. ^ Memoir, Page 20
  8. ^ Memoir, Page 26
  9. ^ "No. 18355". The London Gazette. 24 April 1827. p. 914. 
  10. ^ "No. 19018". The London Gazette. 1 February 1833. p. 222. 
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Joseph Walton
Master Gunner, St James's Park
Succeeded by
Sir Alexander Dickson