British Generals of the Napoleonic Wars 1793-1815
By: Ron McGuigan
Howe, William (10 August 1729 - 12 July 1814)
Son of the 2nd Viscount Howe. Younger brother of Brigadier
General George Howe 3rd Viscount Howe and Admiral Sir Richard Howe
Earl Howe. He is believed to be a grandson of HM King George I by a
natural daughter and a cousin to HM King George III.
Cornet Cumberland’s Light Horse* 1746, Lieutenant Cumberland’s
Light Horse* 1747, Captain-Lieutenant 20th Foot 1750, Captain 20th
Foot 1750, Major 60th Foot+ 1756, Lieutenant Colonel 58th
Foot 1757, Colonel in America 1758, Brevet Colonel 1762, Brigadier
General on the Staff 1761-1762. Major General 1772, Lieutenant General
1777, General in America 1776, General 1793.
*disbanded 1749. +renumbered 58th Foot 1757.
Early Service: On staff North America 1758-1761 at capture of Louisbourg,
Quebec and Montreal, coast of France 1761, Havana 1762 as Adjutant
General. Lieutenant Governor Isle of Wight 1768, commanded a training
camp Home Staff 1774, in North America 1775 and as Commander-in-Chief
North America 1775-1778.
Service 1793-1815: Lieutenant General of the Ordnance 1782-1804. On
Home Staff 1793-1802?
MP 1758-1780. KB 1776. Succeeded as 7th Baronet and 5th Viscount
Colonel of the 46th Foot 1764-1775, 23rd Foot 1775-1786, 19th
Light Dragoons 1786-1814.
Placed on the Napoleon Series: January 2011
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