British Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815

British Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815
Rosslyn, James St. Clair-Erskine, 2nd Earl of

By: Ron McGuigan

Rosslyn, James St. Clair-Erskine, 2nd Earl of (6 February 1762 - 18 January 1837)

Changed name to St. Clair-Erskine 1789. Also as James Sinclair-Erskine. Sometimes styled as Lord Loughborough.

Son of Lieutenant General Sir Henry Erskine, 5th Baronet.

Cornet 1st Troop Horse Guards* 1778, Lieutenant 35th Foot 1778, Lieutenant 2nd Dragoons 1778, Lieutenant 21st Light Dragoons+ 1779, Captain 19th Light Dragoons+ 1780, Captain 14th Light Dragoons 1781, Major 8th Light Dragoons 1783, Lieutenant Colonel 12th Light Dragoons 1792. Brevet Colonel 1795, Brigadier General Portugal 1796, Major General 1798, Lieutenant General 1805, General 1814.

*became 1st Life Guards 1788. +disbanded 1783.

Early Service: Ireland 1782 as Aide-de-Camp and Assistant Adjutant-General

Service 1793-1815: Toulon 1793 as Assistant Adjutant General Mediterranean and at Corsica 1794, Adjutant General Portugal 1796-1797 and on staff 1798, Minorca 1798-1799, on Home Staff 1800-1801, 1803-1814 and Portugal 1806  and commanded KGL  Copenhagen 1807 and  division on Walcheren 1809.

ADC to the King 1795. MP 1781-1805.

GCB 1820. Succeeded as 6th baronet 1765. Succeeded as 2nd Earl of Rosslyn 1805. Lord Lieutenant Fife 1828-1837.

Colonel of the Sussex Fencible Cavalry 1799-1800, 9th Light Dragoons 1801-1837

 

Placed on the Napoleon Series: July 2011; updated November 2012

 

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