John Middleton (British Army officer)

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Brigadier-General John Middleton (27 September 1678 – 4 May 1739) was a British politician. He served as a Member of Parliament (MP) from 1713 to 1739, although not continuously.

He was the sixth son of George Middleton DD and Janet Gordon, and grandson of Alexander Middleton (younger brother of John Middleton, 1st Earl of Middleton) and Margaret Gordon. Both Alexander and George Middleton served as Principal of King's College, Aberdeen. His younger brother Robert was father of Charles Middleton, 1st Baron Barham.[1]

He obtained a commission in the Army in the reign of King William III, and was promoted to the rank of captain in 1706. He served in Spain in the War of the Spanish Succession, and also on board the fleet, where his company was employed as marines. He was many years an officer in the 25th Regiment of Foot, in which corps he rose to the rank of lieutenant-colonel, and he was promoted to the rank of colonel in 1711. He commanded the 25th Regiment in Scotland under the Duke of Argyll during the rebellion of the Earl of Mar, and in 1721 he was rewarded with the colonelcy of that corps. He commanded the 25th until 29 May 1732, when he was removed to the 13th Regiment of Foot. He was promoted to the rank of brigadier-general in 1735.[2]

Middleton was first elected to Parliament in the general election on 18 September 1713 for the constituency of Aberdeen Burghs. He was not re-elected in the general election in February 1715, however, when Lord Grange stood down, Middleton was elected to Parliament in a by-election on 22 July 1715. In the next general election in April 1722, he was not elected. However, when the winner William Kerr stood down, Middleton was elected in the by-election on 25 October 1722. He remained Aberdeen Burghs' MP until his death in 1739.

References[edit]

  1. ^ M. R. R. M'Gilchrist Gilchrist, "Middleton, Earl of Middleton" in Sir James Balfour Paul ed., The Scots Peerage, volume VI (1909) pages 176-180.
  2. ^ Richard Cannon, Historical Record of the Thirteenth, First Somerset, or the Prince Albert's Regiment of Light Infantry (1848) page 121.

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Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
William Livingston
Member of Parliament for Aberdeen Burghs
1713February 1715
Succeeded by
Lord Grange
Preceded by
Lord Grange
Member of Parliament for Aberdeen Burghs
July 1715April 1722
Succeeded by
William Kerr
Preceded by
William Kerr
Member of Parliament for Aberdeen Burghs
October 17221739
Succeeded by
John Maule
Military offices
Preceded by
The Viscount Shannon
Colonel of John Middleton's (Edinburgh) Regiment of Foot
1721–1732
Succeeded by
The Earl of Rothes
Preceded by
Lord Mark Kerr
Colonel of John Middleton's Regiment of Foot
1732–1739
Succeeded by
Harry Pulteney