British Regiments and the Men Who Led Them 1793-1815: 3rd Regiment of Foot
By Steve Brown
Stations and Combats – 1st Battalion
Careers of Senior Officers (shown as highest rank attained in regiment in the period)
Lt. Col. Alexander Stewart
Major in 3rd Foot 1778; Lieutenant-Colonel in 3rd Foot 1780; brevet Colonel in 3rd Foot March 16 May 1782; retired 26 November 1793.
Lt. Col. John Leslie, Lord Newark
Brevet Lieutenant-Colonel 19 February 1783; Major in 3rd Foot 26 November 1784; Lieutenant-Colonel 26 November 1793; ADC to King 21 December 1793; exchanged to 84th Foot (with Craven) 25 September 1794; retired December 1794.
Lt. Col. William, Baron Craven
Born 1770; Major in 84th Foot 28 February 1794; Lieutenant-Colonel in 84th Foot 31 May 1794; exchanged to 3rd Foot 25 September 1794; transferred to 40th Foot 1 September 1799; subsequently a Major-General; Earl of Craven 1801; died 1825.
Lt. Col. Thomas Brownrigg
Born Ireland c.1755; Captain in 36th Foot 2 June 1793; brevet Lieutenant-Colonel 6 March 1795; Lieutenant-Colonel in 3rd Foot 1 September 1795 (on transfer from the half-pay of the 119th Foot); Deputy Quarter-Master General in Leeward Islands October 1795; Deputy Quarter-Master General in Ireland 1 April 1799; brevet Colonel 29 April 1802; rank stationary in 1820; died 1826.
Major in 3rd Foot May 1796; Lieutenant-Colonel 23 August 1799; served in West Indies 1795 to 1802; served in Hanover 1806; commanded 1/3rd Foot in Peninsula September 1808 to March 1809; brevet Colonel 25 October 1809; in Portuguese service March 1809 to April 1814 - Governor of Peniche and Inspector-General of recruits; subsequently Major-General 1 January 1812.
Lt. Col. Richard Bingham
Born Dorset 1750; Lieutenant-Colonel in 102nd Foot 22 September 1795; Lieutenant-Colonel in 6th West India Regiment 14 May 1799; Lieutenant-Colonel in 9th Foot 27 August 1799; Lieutenant-Colonel in 3rd Foot 9th July 1803; commanded 2/3rd Foot 1803 to 1809; brevet Colonel 1 October 1803; subsequently Major-General 25 July 1810; Lieutenant-General 4 June 1814; died 1823.
Lt. Col. John Blake
Born Galway c.1762; Brevet Major in 24th Foot 22 November 1790; Lieutenant-Colonel in 24th Foot 25 March 1797; brevet Colonel 9 January 1798; local Brigadier-General in Egypt 1801; Lieutenant-Colonel in 3rd Foot 8 August 1804; retired December 1804; died 1836.
Lt. Col. James Muter
Major in 6th Foot 1802; Lieutenant-Colonel in 3rd Foot 1 December 1804 (on transfer from 6th Foot); served in Peninsula June to July 1809; commanded 1/3rd Foot at Douro and Talavera; died of wounds received at Talavera 29 July 1809.
Lt. Col. William Henry Bunbury
Born 1778; Major in 35th Foot 1 January 1805; Lieutenant-Colonel in 3rd Foot 1 January 1806 (on transfer from 35th Foot); Deputy Quarter-Master General at Maida 1806; served in Peninsula September 1808 to February 1810; and again from June 1812 to December 1813; served at Douro, Talavera, Vittoria, Pyrenees, Nive, Nivelle; commanded 1st Battalion of Detachments February to September 1809; commanded 1/3rd Foot in 1813; 7th Baron Bunbury in 1821.
Lt. Col. Archibald Drummond
Major in 3rd Foot 9 July 1803 (on transfer from 46th Foot); brevet Lieutenant-Colonel 25 April 1806; served in Peninsula September 1808 to July 1810; commanded 1/3rd Foot March to June 1809; and again July 1809 to July 1810; Lieutenant-Colonel 17 August 1809; died 22 July 1810 ‘on passage from Lisbon’.
Lt. Col. William Stewart
Born Scotland 1769; Major in 3rd Foot 14 March 1805; in Peninsula November 1809 to October 1812; in Portuguese service March to October 1810; Lieutenant-Colonel 16 August 1810; commanded 1/3rd Foot at Albuera; served in Canada 1814; brevet Colonel 12 August 1819; subsequently a Major-General; died New South Wales 1854.
Lt. Col. James Fergusson
Born Ireland 1788; served in Peninsula with 43rd Foot August 1808 to January 1809; and again July 1809 to January 1813; Major in 85th Foot 25 January 1813 (on transfer from 43rd Foot); served in Peninsula with 85th Foot August 1813 to April 1814; Lieutenant-Colonel in 3rd Foot 16 May 1814; commanded 2/3rd Foot in 1814-1815; on half pay after reduction of the battalion; died 1865.
Major Henry Roberts
Major in 3rd Foot 17 November 1808 (on transfer from 19th Light Dragoons); served in Peninsula April 1810 to April 1814; commanded 1/3rd Foot for periods between July 1810 and April 1814; served at Busaco, Vittoria, Pyrenees, Nive, Nivelle, Orthez, Toulouse; brevet Lieutenant-Colonel 19 May 1814.
Major Henry King
Major in 3rd Foot 17 August 1809; served in Peninsula September 1808 to November 1809; and again from September 1810 to April 1814; served at Douro, Talavera, Busaco, Albuera, Vittoria, Pyrenees; brevet Lieutenant-Colonel 4 June 1814; served in Canada 1814-1815.
Major George Morris
Major in 3rd Foot 16 November 1809; brevet Lieutenant-Colonel 4 June 1814; served with 2/3rd Foot 1809 to 1815; on half-pay of 40th Foot by 1820.
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Placed on the Napoleon Series: April 2009; updated October 2009; revised August 2013
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