British Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815

British Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815
Leith, James

By: Ron McGuigan

 

Leith, James (8 August 1763 - 16 October 1816)

Brother to General Alexander Leith-Hay.

2nd Lieutenant 21st Foot 1779, Lieutenant 81st Foot *1781, Captain 81st Foot* 1782, Half-pay 1783-1784, Captain 50th Foot 1784, Captain Independent Company 1794,  Brevet Major 1794,  Lieutenant Colonel in the army 1794, Temporary Colonel in the Army 1794, Half-pay 1805, Brevet Colonel 1801, Brigadier General on the Staff 1804-1808, Major General 1808, Lieutenant General Peninsula 1811, Lieutenant General 1813.

* disbanded 1783.

Early service: Aide-de-Camp Gibraltar 1784, Toulon 1793, Town Major Gibraltar 1794, Irish Rebellion 1798, Ireland 1804-1808.

Portugal & Spain: An investigating/liaison officer for Lord Castlereagh Spain 1808.  Brigade in Spain 1808-1809  and at Corunna 1809.

Peninsular War:  Commanded Leith's Corps July - October 1810 which became  the 5th Division October 1810. Commanded the 5th Division October  1810 -  February 1811, December 1811 - July 1812 and  30 August - 1 September 1813. Wounded at Salamanca July 1812 and at siege of San Sebastian  September 1813. 

Other service: Brigade on Walcheren 1809. Governor Antigua 1814 and Barbadoes 1815-1816 and Commander-in-Chief West Indies 1815-1816. Captured Martinique, Marie-Galante and Guadaloupe 1815.

Died in the West Indies 1816.

KB 1813. GCB 1815. Colonel of the Princess of Wales’s Aberdeen Fencibles 1794-1803, 13th Reserve [renamed Garrison] Battalion 1803-1805, 4th West India Regiment 1811-1816.

 

Placed on the Napoleon Series: July 2008

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