Oliver Nicolls

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Oliver Nicolls
Born c.1740
Died 1829
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank General
Commands held Bombay Army

General Oliver Nicolls (c.1740 - 1829) was a British Army officer.

Military career[edit]

Nicolls was commissioned into the 1st Regiment of Foot in November 1756.[1] He became Quartermaster-General in the West Indies in 1794, in which capacity he subdued a rebellion in Grenada.[1] He became Commander-in-chief of the Bombay Army on 22 January 1801 retiring from that post in 1808[2] to become a member of the Board of Inquiry into the Convention of Sintra under which the defeated French were allowed to evacuate their troops from Portugal without further conflict.[3] He went on to serve as Governor of the Island of Anholt in 1813.[4]

He was also colonel of the 54th Regiment of Foot and then the 66th Regiment of Foot.[1]


Military offices
Preceded by
James Stuart
C-in-C, Bombay Army
Succeeded by
John Abercromby