Richard Vyse

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General Richard Vyse
Memorial to Richard Vyse in Lichfield Cathedral.jpg
Memorial to Richard Vyse in Lichfield Cathedral
Born (1746-07-11)11 July 1746
Lichfield, Staffordshire
Died 30 May 1825(1825-05-30) (aged 78)
Lichfield, Staffordshire
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Rank General
Battles/wars Battle of Le Cateau
Relations father: William Vyse
son: Major-General Richard William Howard Vyse

General Richard Vyse (11 July 1746 – 30 May 1825) was a British general, and briefly a Member of Parliament for Beverley.

Vyse was born at Lichfield, Staffordshire the younger son of William Vyse (1710–1770), canon residentiary and treasurer of Lichfield, and younger brother of William Vyse (1741–1816), canon residentiary and chancellor of Lichfield. In 1780, he married Anne,[1] the only surviving daughter and heiress of Field-marshal Sir George Howard and was the father of Major-General Richard William Howard Vyse, anthropologist and Egyptologist.

Vyse was appointed cornet in the 5th Dragoons on 13 February 1763. He attained the brevet rank of colonel on 7 January 1781, received the command of the 1st Dragoon Guards on 28 May 1784, and during the revolutionary war served in Flanders in command of a brigade under the Duke of York. He distinguished himself on several occasions, particularly at the Battle of Beaumont on 26 April 1794, where at the head of two brigades of heavy cavalry, he materially contributed to the victory, and at the evacuation of Ostend, which he superintended on 1 July.

Vyse was nominated major-general on 2 October 1794, and lieutenant-general on 1 January 1801. He was returned to parliament in 1806 for Beverley, but in the following year made way for his son. He attained the rank of general on 1 January 1812, and died at Lichfield on 30 May 1825. He filled for some time the office of comptroller to Ernest Augustus, Duke of Cumberland.[2]



Archival documents

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain"Vyse, Richard William Howard". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900. 

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Napier Christie Burton
John Wharton
Member of Parliament for Beverley
With: John Wharton
Succeeded by
Richard William Howard Vyse
John Wharton
Military offices
Preceded by
William Fawcett
Colonel of the 3rd (Prince of Wales's) Dragoon Guards
Succeeded by
Sir William Payne-Gallwey