William Whitmore (British Army officer)

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William Whitmore
Lower Slaughter Manor - Whitmore family seat
Born14 May 1714
Died22 July 1771 (age 57)
Allegiance Great Britain
Service/branchBritish Army
RankLieutenant General

Lieutenant General William Whitmore (14 May 1714 – 22 July 1771) was a British Army officer and Member of Parliament (MP).

He was the son of William Whitmore, MP of Lower Slaughter, Gloucestershire.

He joined the Army, reaching the rank of Lieutenant-General in 1760. in 1755 he was ordered to raise a new regiment, originally to be called the 55th Foot, but subsequently named the 53rd Foot. After the regiment was formed he was given its colonelcy, prior to the regiment sailing to Gibraltar for garrison duties. In 1758 he was transferred as colonel to the 9th Regiment of Foot, a commission he held until his death.

He was Member of Parliament for Bridgnorth from 1741 to 1747 and from 1754 to 1771. He was made Warden of the Mint from 1766 to his death in 1771.

He died unmarried, but left a son and 2 daughters.


Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by Member of Parliament for Bridgnorth
With: Thomas Whitmore
Succeeded by
Preceded by Member of Parliament for Bridgnorth
With: Hon. John Grey 1754–1768
The Lord Pigot 1768–1771
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by Warden of the Mint
Succeeded by
Military offices
New regiment Colonel of the 55th (later 53rd) Regiment of Foot
Succeeded by
Preceded by Colonel of the 9th Regiment of Foot
Succeeded by