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British Generals of the Napoleonic Wars´┐Ż 1793-1815
Howe, William

By: Ron McGuigan

Howe, William (10 August 1729 - 12 July 1814)

Son of the 2nd Viscount HoweYounger brother of Brigadier General George Howe 3rd Viscount Howe and Admiral Sir Richard Howe  Earl Howe. He is believed to be a grandson of HM King George I by a natural daughter and a cousin to HM King George III.

Cornet Cumberland’s Light Horse* 1746, Lieutenant Cumberland’s Light Horse* 1747, Captain-Lieutenant 20th Foot 1750, Captain 20th Foot 1750,  Major 60th Foot+ 1756,  Lieutenant Colonel 58th Foot 1757, Colonel in America 1758, Brevet Colonel 1762, Brigadier General on the Staff 1761-1762. Major General 1772, Lieutenant General 1777, General in America 1776, General 1793. 

*disbanded 1749. +renumbered 58th Foot 1757.

Early Service: On staff North America 1758-1761 at capture of Louisbourg, Quebec and Montreal, coast of France 1761, Havana 1762 as Adjutant General. Lieutenant Governor Isle of Wight 1768, commanded a training camp Home Staff 1774, in North America 1775 and as Commander-in-Chief North America 1775-1778.

Service 1793-1815: Lieutenant General of the Ordnance 1782-1804. On Home Staff 1793-1802?

MP 1758-1780. KB 1776.  Succeeded as 7th Baronet and 5th Viscount Howe 1799.

Colonel of the 46th Foot 1764-1775, 23rd Foot 1775-1786, 19th Light Dragoons 1786-1814.


Placed on the Napoleon Series: January 2011


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