Robert Henry MacFarlane

General Sir Robert Henry MacFarlane, KCB, GCH (19 April 1771 – 6 June 1843)[1][2] was a British Army officer during the Napoleonic Wars.[3]


He was born in Calcutta, the son of Captain Robert MacFarlane, 9th of Gartartan.

He joined the British Army as an Ensign on 26 May 1780 and was promoted Lieutenant on 22 May 1793, Captain on 25 September 1793, Major on 12 November 1794, Lieutenant-Colonel on 19 September 1794, Colonel on 1 January 1800, Major-General on 25 April 1808, Lieutenant-General on 4 June 1813 and General 22 July 1830.[4]

MacFarlane was "a gallant and highly distinguished officer",[5] who accompanied the expedition to Copenhagen in 1807. He served subsequently in Sicily as second-in-command under Lord William Bentinck. In 1823 he was made Colonel of the 89th Regiment of Foot, transferring in 1837 to be Colonel of the 32nd (Cornwall) Regiment of Foot, a position he held until his death.[4]


On 10 February 1815, at Palermo, MacFarlane married Maria Gertrude, eldest daughter of G. Henry Vankemper, (a captain in the Dutch Navy and Consul of the Netherlands at Tripoli).[5]


  1. Haydn, Joseph Timothy; Beatson, Robert (1851). Beatson's Political index modernised. p. 323.
  2. Nicolas, Sir Nicholas Harris (1842). History of the Orders of Knighthood of the British Empire. J. Hunter. p. 10. Retrieved 19 May 2019.
  3. Staff 2014.
  4. Hart 1841, p. 83.
  5. Court magazine and monthly critic 1837, p. 2.


  • Hart, H.G. (1841), The New Army List, for January 1841, London: John Murray, p. 83
  • Court magazine and monthly critic (1837), "Genealogical Memoir of the MacFarleanes", The Court magazine and monthly critic, 10 (New Series vol. III ed.), London: Edward Churton, p. 2
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Samuel Venables Hinde
Colonel of the 32nd (Cornwall) Regiment of Foot
Succeeded by
Sir John Buchan
Preceded by
Sir George Beckwith
Colonel of the 89th Regiment of Foot
Succeeded by
Sir Charles Bulkeley Egerton
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