Sir William Houston, 1st Baronet
|Sir William Houston|
|Born||10 August 1766|
|Died||8 April 1842 (aged 75)
Bromley Hill, Kent
|Buried at||Carshalton, Surrey|
|Battles/wars||French Revolutionary Wars
|Awards||Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Guelphic Order
Houston was commissioned into the 31st (Huntingdonshire) Regiment of Foot in 1781. He commanded the 58th Regiment of Foot at the Capture of Minorca in 1798. Later he commanded a Brigade at the Siege of Alexandria. He also commanded the 7th Division during the Battle of Fuentes de Onoro in 1811 and the Battle of Badajoz in 1812. He became Lieutenant-Governor of Portsmouth and General Officer Commanding South-West District in January 1814.
Houston was Governor of Gibraltar from 8 April 1831 to 28 February 1835. He set up the first official free school on Flat Bastion Road in Gibraltar whilst he was governor in 1832. By the end of his career in the British Army he became a General in 1837.
On 5 November 1808 he married Lady Jane Maitland, the fourth daughter of James Maitland, 7th Earl of Lauderdale. He died at Bromley Hill on 8 April 1842 and was interred in the catacombs at West Norwood Cemetery.
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- William Houston at Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
- "No. 16851". The London Gazette. 1 February 1814. p. 262.
- Dundas, Susan Irene (2000). "Methodism in Gibraltar and its mission in Spain, 1769-1842,". Durham etheses. Retrieved 30 June 2013.
- "No. 19456". The London Gazette. 10 January 1837. p. 63.
- "Court officers" (PDF). Retrieved 25 April 2016.
- West Norwood Cemetery, Burial register index & purchase register, Catacomb No.16H
- Kidd, Charles, Williamson, David (editors). Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage (1990 edition). New York: St Martin's Press, 1990.
- Leigh Rayment's list of baronets [self-published source][better source needed]
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