Richard Lambart, 7th Earl of Cavan

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The 7th Earl of Cavan.

General Richard Ford William Lambart, 7th Earl of Cavan (10 September 1763 – 21 November 1837), styled Viscount Kilcoursie from 1772 to 1778, was a British military commander throughout the Napoleonic era and beyond.

He became head of the British Army in Egypt. He suggested to the British government the removal of the Obelisk, known as Cleopatra's Needle, for long centuries embedded in the sand near Alexandria, Egypt. The undertaking was considered too costly and not taken up until 1877 and now stands on the London Embankment to commemorates the conclusion of the Napoleonic Wars.


He was born the only son of Richard Lambart, 6th Earl of Cavan, who he succeeded in 1778. [1]

He was commissioned as an ensign in the Coldstream Guards in 1779. In 1798 he was promoted to Major-General, and in 1800 he commanded a Division in Egypt under Abercromby. In command of a Brigade of Guards under General Eyre Coote he took part in the Siege of Alexandria in 1801.[1]

He was Colonel of the 2nd Battalion, 68th Foot between 1801 and 1802. In 1805 he was promoted to Lieutenant-General. He was Colonel of the 2nd West Indian Regiment between 1805 and 1808. He was Colonel of the 77th Foot between 1808 and 1811. Promoted to full general in 1814, he was Colonel of the 58th Regiment of Foot between 1811 and 1823. He was a General Officer and Colonel of the 45th Regiment of Foot between 1823 and 1837.

Between 1813 and 1837, he held the office of Governor of Calshot Castle, a sinecure abolished after his death. [2]

Lambart married first Honora Margaretta, the daughter of Sir Henry Gould the younger (1710–1794). He then married Lydia, daughter of William Arnold.[3][4] She was sister to Thomas Arnold of Rugby School, and died of consumption in Torquay, Devon.


  • Profile at
  • Frederick John William, 8th Earl of Cavan. A Life Sketch, privately printed at Weston-super-Mare; no date; no ISBN


  1. ^ a b "Lambart, Richard Ford William". Retrieved 21 July 2016. 
  2. ^ The London Gazette, Part 2. p. 2383. 
  3. ^  "Gould, Henry (1710-1794)". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900. 
  4. ^  "Lambart, Richard Ford William". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir William Myers
Colonel of the 2nd West India Regiment
Succeeded by
Eyre Power Trench
Preceded by
Albemarle Bertie
Colonel of the 77th (East Middlesex) Regiment of Foot
Succeeded by
Sir Charles Hastings
Preceded by
George Scott
Colonel of the 58th (Rutlandshire) Regiment of Foot
Succeeded by
The Lord Lynedoch
Preceded by
Frederick Cavendish Lister
Colonel of the 45th (Nottinghamshire) Regiment of Foot
Succeeded by
Sir William Henry Pringle
Preceded by
Sir Harry Burrard
Governor of Calshot Castle
Office abolished
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
Richard Lambart
Earl of Cavan
Succeeded by
Frederick Lambart