British Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815

British Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815
Murray, John

By: Ron McGuigan

Murray, John (1768? - 15 October 1827)

Son of the 6th Baronet Murray of Fife. Younger half-brother to General Sir James Murray Pulteney, 7th Baronet.

Ensign 3rd Foot Guards 1788, Lieutenant & Captain 3rd Foot Guards 1793, Brevet Major 1794, Lieutenant Colonel 84th Foot 1794, Lieutenant Colonel 79th Foot 1806, Brevet Colonel 1800, Major General 1805,  Lieutenant General 1812, General 1825.

Early service: Aide-de-Camp Flanders 1793-1794, Cape of Good Hope 1796, India 1796-1805, in Aden 1798-1800, as Quartermaster-General India 1801-1805 and also with force from India in Egypt 1801-1803, on Home Staff 1806-1808. Commanded KGL Sweden 1808. 

Portugal & Spain: Commanded KGL in Portugal 1808-1809. 

Peninsular War: Commanded KGL April - May 1809. Left Peninsula May 1809. Application to rejoin army in Peninsula was turned down 1812. Commanded force on East Coast of Spain 1813 and at Castalla 1813. Court-martialed in 1815 for the premature embarkation of his force at siege of Tarragona 1813. Acquitted of all but one charge.

Other Service: Sicily 1813-1815.

GCH 1817. Succeeded as 8th Baronet 1811. 

Colonel of Royal Regiment of Malta 1808-1809, 3rd West India Regiment 1809-1818,  56th Foot 1818-1827.

 

Placed on the Napoleon Series: August 2006; updated May 2012

 

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