George Hewett

General Sir George Hewett, 1st Baronet GCB PC (Ire) (11 June 1750 – 21 March 1840) was Commander-in-Chief, India and then Commander-in-Chief, Ireland for the British Army.

Sir George Hewett, Bt
Born(1750-06-11)11 June 1750
Died21 March 1840(1840-03-21) (aged 89)
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Commands heldIndian Army
Battles/warsAmerican Revolutionary War
AwardsKnight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath

Military career

Educated at Wimborne Grammar School and the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, Hewett was commissioned into the 70th Regiment of Foot in 1762.[1] In 1771, he went to New York to help control the Carib Uprising and in 1780 he took part in the Siege of Charlestown.[1]

In 1787, he was appointed Commanding Officer of the 43rd Regiment of Foot and in 1791, he went to Ireland where he became Adjutant-General and raised a new Regiment which was designated the 92nd Regiment of Foot.[1]

He returned to England, where he was given the colonelcy of the 61st (South Gloucestershire) Regiment of Foot for life in 1800 and became Barrackmaster-General in 1804.[1] In 1807, he became Commander-in-Chief, India and in 1809 he briefly took over the Government of India while the Governor-General put down a mutiny.[1] His last appointment was as Commander-in-Chief, Ireland in 1813.[1]

He was created a Baronet, of Nether Seale in the County of Leicester, on 6 November 1813.[2]

He lived at Freemantle Park near Southampton.[1]


In 1785, he married Julia Johnson and together they went on to have five sons and six daughters.[1]


Military offices
Preceded by
Earl of Hopetoun
Commander-in-Chief, Ireland
Succeeded by
Sir George Beckwith
Preceded by
Viscount Lake
Commander-in-Chief, India
Succeeded by
Forbes Champagné
Preceded by
Staats Long Morris
Colonel of the 61st Regiment of Foot
Succeeded by
John Gardiner
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