British Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815

British Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815
Erskine, William

By: Ron McGuigan

Erskine, William (30 March 1770 - 13 February  1813)

Eldest son of General Sir William Erskine, 1st Baronet. Older brother of Lieutenant General Sir James Erskine 3rd Baronet.

2nd Lieutenant 23rd Foot 1785, Lieutenant 17th Foot 1787, Lieutenant 5th Dragoons 1787, Lieutenant 13th Light Dragoons 1788, Captain 15th Light Dragoons 1791, Brevet Major 1794, Major 15th Light Dragoons 1794, Lieutenant Colonel 15th Light Dragoons 1794, Half-pay 1796, Brevet Colonel 1801, Brigadier General on the Staff 1804 -1808,  Major General 1808, Lieutenant General Peninsula 1811.

Early service: Aide-de-Camp Flanders 1794-1795,  on Home Staff 1804 -1809, brigade on Walcheren 1809, on  Home Staff 1809-1810.

Peninsular War: Commanded brigade 1st Division October 1810- February 1811. Temporarily commanded 5th Division February - March 1811, Light Division and Cavalry March -  April 1811, 5th Division April - May 1811, cavalry with Hill's detached Corps May -June 1811. Commanded permanently 2nd Cavalry Division June -December 1811, April - November 1812 and February 1813.  Died from injuries sustained by falling off a balcony in Lisbon 1813.

Succeeded as 2nd Baronet 1795. MP 1796-1806.  Colonel of 14th Reserve [renamed Garrison] Battalion 1803-1805.

 

Placed on the Napoleon Series: July 2006; updated February 2012

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