British Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815

British Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815
Trant, Nicholas

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 commission 1825.

*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 1801-1802.

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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