Robert Sloper

General Sir Robert Sloper KB (8 May 1729 – 18 August 1802) was Commander-in-Chief, India.

Sir Robert Sloper
Born8 May 1729 (1729-05-08)
Died18 August 1802 (1802-08-19) (aged 73)
Allegiance Kingdom of Great Britain
Service/branchBritish Army
Commands heldIndian Army
Battles/warsSecond Anglo-Mysore War
Third Anglo-Mysore War
AwardsKnight Companion of the Order of the Bath

Military career

Educated privately at Bishops Cannings in Wiltshire, Sloper was commissioned into the 10th Dragoons being promoted to Major in 1755.[1] He was appointed Commanding Officer of 1st King's Dragoon Guards in 1759 and subsequently saw service in Flanders and Germany.[1] He was appointed Governor of Hurst Castle in 1767. [2]

In 1778 he was deployed to Ireland and from 1779 he was sent to India seeing service in the Second Anglo-Mysore War as well as the Third Anglo-Mysore War.[1] In 1785 he became Acting Commander-in-Chief in Madras and from July 1785 he was appointed Commander-in-Chief, India.[1] In May 1788 he was invested KB and appointed Governor of Duncannon Fort in 1795. He was promoted to full General in 1796.[1]

He lived at West Woodhay House at West Woodhay in Berkshire and is buried at St. Martin's Church in East Woodhay in Hampshire.[3]


He was married to Jane Willis with whom he had six sons and four daughters.[4]


  1. Biographies of People who worked in British India by Tom and Wendy Dailly
  2. Beatson, Robert. A Political Index to the Histories of Great Britain & Ireland; Or ..., Volume 2. p. 165.
  3. Humphreys Family Tree
  4. Notes & Queries Oxford Journals, 1947
Military offices
Preceded by
George Warde
Colonel of the 14th Regiment of (Light) Dragoons
Succeeded by
John Egerton
Preceded by
Giles Stibbert
Commander-in-Chief, India
Succeeded by
Charles Cornwallis
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