Charles Morgan (British Army officer)

Lieutenant General Charles Morgan (1741 – 21 March 1818) was Commander-in-Chief, India.

Charles Morgan
Died21 March 1818
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
RankLieutenant General
Commands heldIndian Army

Military career

Brought up in Caernarfon, the youngest son of Nathaniel Morgan of Warton Wythe[1] Morgan was for many years a senior officer of the Bengal establishment.[2] He officiated as Commander-in-Chief, India from 1797 to 1798[3] at the time that Zaman Shah threatened to invade the Northern Provinces.[4]

He died at Portland Place in London in 1818.[5] There is a monument dedicated to him in St John's Wood Church, near Lord's Cricket Ground, in London.[6]


He married Hannah Wagstaff, eldest daughter of William Wagstaff of Manchester, an apothecary, and his wife Mary Taylor of Salford. Of their children the best known is Elizabeth Georgiana, the youngest daughter, who in 1803 married Valentine Lawless, 2nd Baron Cloncurry. They had two children, but in 1811 her husband divorced her on the grounds of her adultery with Sir John Piers, 6th Baronet, following a particularly scandalous lawsuit for criminal conversation. She returned to live with her father for some years. After his death she moved to Italy, where she remarried remarried the Rev John Sandford, absentee vicar of Nynehead, Somerset in 1819. By him she had a daughter Anna, Lady Metheun. She died in 1857.[7]


Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Robert Abercromby
Commander-in-Chief, India
Succeeded by
Sir Alured Clarke
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