William Hargrave

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William Hargrave
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William Hargrave
Died 21 January 1751
Allegiance  Kingdom of Great Britain
Service/branch British Army
Rank Lieutenant General
Battles/wars Nine Years' War
War of the Spanish Succession
Jacobite Rebellion

Lieutenant General William Hargrave (died 21 January 1751) was Governor of Gibraltar.

Military career[edit]

Hargrave was commissioned into Viscount Charlemonte’s Regiment of Foot in 1694.[1] He fought with his Regiment in the Low Countries from 1694 to 1696.[1]

In 1702, during the War of the Spanish Succession, he fought at the Battle of Cádiz and the Battle of Vigo Bay; he was also present at the Siege of Barcelona in 1705 and at the Battle of Almansa in 1707.[1]

He was also active at the Battle of Sheriffmuir in 1715 during the Jacobite Rebellion.[1] He was made Colonel of the 31st Regiment of Foot in 1730.[1] That same year he was instructed to proceed to Portsmouth and embark with reinforcements for Jersey where the Lieutenant Governor had failed contain a riot.[2]

In 1739 he became Colonel of The Royal Fusiliers[1] just before he became Governor of Gibraltar in 1740.

He died in 1751 and is buried in Westminster Abbey.[3]


Government offices
Preceded by
Joseph Sabine
Governor of Gibraltar
Succeeded by
Humphrey Bland