British Generals of the Napoleonic Wars 1793-1815
By: Ron McGuigan
Doyle, John (1750 or 1756 - 8 August 1834)
Brother of Major General Welbore Ellis Doyle.
Ensign 48th Foot 1771, Lieutenant 48th Foot 1773, Lieutenant 40th
Foot 1775, Provincial Captain Volunteers of Ireland* 1778, Provincial
Major Volunteers of Ireland* 1781, Major 105th Foot* 1782, Half
pay 1784, Lieutenant Colonel 87th 1793, Brevet Colonel
1796 Brigadier General Gibraltar 1798, Major General 1802,
Lieutenant General Guernsey 1805, Lieutenant General 1808, General
* Provincial Regiment taken on regular establishment and renamed 105th
Foot 1782 and disbanded 1784.
Early Service: North America 1775-1783 later Brigade Major, an acting
Adjutant-General and wounded three times.
Service 1793-1815: Flanders 1793-1794 and wounded. Under Secretary
for the Military Department Ireland 1795-1799, served Gibraltar, Minorca
and Malta 1799-1800, Egypt 1801-1802, Lieutenant Governor Guernsey
Irish MP 1783-1799. MP 1806-1807
KB 1813. GCB 1815. Created a baronet 1805.
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, July 1803, 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.
Lieutenant Colonel Commandant, Colonel Commandant and Colonel of the 87th
Placed on the Napoleon Series: March 2010
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