British Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815

British Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815
Cathcart, William Schaw, 10th Baron

By: Ron McGuigan

Cathcart, William Schaw, 10th Baron (17 September 1755 - 16 June 1843)

Son of  Lieutenant General Charles Cathcart, 9th Baron Cathcart. Brother of Colonel Charles Cathcart.

Cornet 7th Dragoons* 1777, Lieutenant 17th Light Dragoons 1777,   Captain 17th Light Dragoons 1777,  Major 38th Foot 1779, Captain & Lieutenant Colonel Coldstream Foot Guards 1781, Lieutenant Colonel 29th Foot 1789, Brevet Colonel 1790,  Brigadier General Continent 1793, Major General 1794, Lieutenant General 1801, General Continent 1805, General 1812.

*became 7th Light Dragoons 1783

Early Service:  North America 1777-1780 as Aide-de-Camp, acting Quartermaster-General. and served as Provincial Major-Commandant, Provincial Lieutenant Colonel  and Provincial Colonel in the British Legion 1778-1780.

Service 1793-1815: Flanders 1793-1795,  on Home Staff 1799-1802, Commander-in-Chief  Ireland 1803-1805 and as Commander-in-Chief Hanover 1805,  Commander-in-Chief Scotland 1806-1813 and as  Commander-in-Chief Copenhagen 1807.  British Ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to  Russia 1812 -1820 and with Allied Army 1813-1814 and plenipotentiary at Congress of Vienna 1814-1815.

KT 1805. Succeeded as 10th Baron Cathcart 1776. Created Viscount Cathcart 1807 and Earl Cathcart 1814. Lord Lieutenant Clackmannan 1794-1803

Colonel of the 29th Foot 1792-1797, 2nd Life Guards 1797-1843.

Placed on the Napoleon Series: January 2010

 

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