British Generals of the Napoleonic Wars 1793-1815
By: Ron McGuigan
Coote, Eyre (20 May 1759 - 10 December 1823)
Ensign 37th Foot 1776, Lieutenant 37th Foot 1776, Captain 37th Foot
1778, Major 47th Foot 1783, Lieutenant Colonel 70th Foot
1788, Brevet Colonel 1795. Brigadier General on the Staff 1796,
Major General 1797, Lieutenant General 1805, General 1814. Dismissed
from the army 1816.
Early Service: North America 1776-1783 and prisoner of war 1881-1783.
Service 1793-1815: West Indies 1793-1795, Ireland 1796-1798, on Home
Staff 1798-1799 and commanded at raid on Ostend-Bruges canal 1798 and
wounded and prisoner of war, Helder 1799, Mediterranean 1800, Egypt
1801, on Home Staff 1803, Ireland 1804, Lieutenant Governor & Commander-in-Chief
Jamaica 1805-1808. Commanded a division and the garrison on Walcheren
ADC to the King 1795.
Irish MP 1797. MP 1802-1806, 1818.
KB 1802. GCB 1815 and dismissed from the Order of the Bath 1816.
Awarded Ottoman Knighthood as Knight of the Imperial Order of
the Crescent for his services in Egypt. His knighthood was apparently
recognized by British Authorities, June 1802, as he had received
His Majesty’s Royal Licence prior to the 1812 & 1813
regulations on receiving Foreign Decorations. This entitled him to
rank as a Knight Bachelor and to be called Sir, although he was not
made a British Knight. This was noted
in the army lists starting in 1813.
Colonel Commandant 17th Foot 1799-1802, Colonel of the 89th Foot 1802-1806,
62nd Foot 1806-1810, 34th Foot 1810-1816.
Placed on the Napoleon Series: February 2010
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