British Generals of the Napoleonic Wars 1793-1815
By: Ron McGuigan
TRANT, Nicholas (1769 - 16 October 1839)
Cornet 1st Dragoon Guards 1794, Lieutenant 84th Foot 1794, Captain
2nd Regiment, Irish Brigade* 1794. Captain 1st Regiment, Irish Brigade*
1796, Half-pay, Captain 3rd West India Regiment 1799, Major in
Colonel Stuart's Regiment of Foot+ 1799. Lieutenant Colonel in Colonel Stuart’s
Regiment of Foot+ 1801. Resigned army by sale of his commission 1802. Ensign
Royal Staff Corps 1803, Lieutenant Royal Staff Corps 1805, Captain Royal Staff
Corps 1809, Major in the army 1815, Half-pay 1816. Resigned army by sale of his
*disbanded 1797/1798. +later renamed as Minorca Regiment, as
Queen's German Regiment and as 97th Foot.
In Portuguese Service 1808-1818. Promoted Lieutenant Colonel 1808,
Colonel 1809, Brigadier General 1811.
Early Service: on staff of the Duke of Brunswick 1792, Flanders
1794, Cape of Good Hope 1795, Brigade Major Portugal 1796, Minorca 1798, Egypt
Portugal & Spain: Commanded Portuguese force co-operating with
British and at Vimeiro 1808.
Peninsular War: Commanded Portuguese militia forces for most of
the war. Governor of Coimbra and then of Oporto 1809.
Other service: served in Portuguese Colony of Brazil 1817.
Awarded Portuguese Knighthood as Knight Commander
of The Order of the Tower and Sword 1811. His knighthood was
apparently recognized by British Authorities 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.
Placed on the Napoleon Series: November 2006; updated February 2014
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