William Keppel (British Army officer, born 1727)

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William Keppel
Born5 November 1727
DiedMarch 1782
Allegiance Kingdom of Great Britain
Service/branchBritish Army
RankLieutenant General
Commands heldIreland
Battles/warsSeven Years' War

Lieutenant-General William Keppel (5 November 1727 – March 1782) was a British Army officer and Member of Parliament.


He was born the third son of Willem van Keppel, 2nd Earl of Albemarle, and educated at Westminster school.

He joined the British Army as an Ensign in the 2nd Foot Guards in 1744, and was promoted lieutenant in 1745. He transferred as captain-lieutenant to the 1st Foot Guards in 1751, and was promoted captain and lieutenant-colonel in 1752 and a colonel of the Army in 1760. On 17 December 1761 he was appointed colonel of the 56th Regiment of Foot, which he commanded until 1765. He was made major-general in 1762. [1]

In 1762, he took part (with his brothers the Earl of Albemarle and Hon. Augustus Keppel) in the British expedition against Cuba, and directed the storming of Morro Castle.[2] In 1763, he succeeded Albemarle as British Governor of Cuba. The island was returned to Spain in July 1763.[3]

On 31 May 1765, he was appointed colonel of the 14th Regiment of Foot,[3] which he commanded until 1775, during which time he was elevated to lieutenant-general (1772).

From 1767 until his death, he was a Member of Parliament for Chichester.[1]

He was Commander-in-Chief, Ireland in 1773. On 18 October 1775 he was appointed colonel of the 12th Royal Lancers, which he commanded until his death. He was Gentleman of the Horse to George III of England and died unmarried in 1782.[4]


  1. ^ a b "KEPPEL, Hon. William (1727-82)". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  2. ^ The Capture of Havana, 1762: The Morro Castle and the Boom Defence Before the Attack National Maritime Museum
  3. ^ a b Richard Cannon, Historical Record of the Fifty-Sixth, or the West Essex Regiment of Foot
  4. ^ thePeerage.com
Court offices
Preceded by
Hon. Charles Roper
Page of Honour
Succeeded by
Harvey Smith
Preceded by
James Brudenell
Gentleman of the Horse
Succeeded by
Richard Berenger
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
John Page
Lord George Henry Lennox
Member of Parliament for Chichester
With: John Page 1767–68
Thomas Conolly 1768–80
Thomas Steele 1780–82
Succeeded by
Thomas Steele
Percy Charles Wyndham
Military offices
Preceded by
Lord Charles Manners
Colonel of the 56th Regiment of Foot
Succeeded by
James Durand
Preceded by
Charles Jeffereys
Colonel of the 14th Regiment of Foot
Succeeded by
Robert Cuninghame
Preceded by
Commander-in-Chief, Ireland
Succeeded by
The Lord Heathfield
Preceded by
Sir William Augustus Pitt
Colonel of the
12th (The Prince of Wales's)
Regiment of (Light) Dragoons

Succeeded by
George Lane Parker