William Hargrave

Lieutenant General William Hargrave (died 21 January 1751) was a British Army officer and Governor of Gibraltar.

William Hargrave
William Hargrave
Died21 January 1751
Allegiance Kingdom of Great Britain
Service/branchBritish Army
RankLieutenant General
Battles/warsNine Years' War
War of the Spanish Succession
Jacobite rising of 1715

Military career

Hargrave was commissioned into Viscount Charlemonte's Regiment of Foot in 1694.[1] He fought with his Regiment in the Low Countries from 1694 to 1696.[1]

In 1702, during the War of the Spanish Succession, he fought at the Battle of Cádiz and the Battle of Vigo Bay; he was also present at the Siege of Barcelona in 1705 and at the Battle of Almansa in 1707.[1]

He was also active at the Battle of Sheriffmuir in 1715 during the Jacobite rising.[1] He was made Colonel of the 31st Regiment of Foot in 1730.[1] That same year he was instructed to proceed to Portsmouth and embark with reinforcements for Jersey where the Lieutenant Governor had failed to contain a riot.[2]

In 1739 he became Colonel of The Royal Fusiliers[1] just before he became Governor of Gibraltar in 1740.

He died in 1751 and is buried in Westminster Abbey.[3]


Military offices
Preceded by
Hon. Charles Cathcart
Colonel of Hargrave's Regiment of Foot
Succeeded by
William Handasyde
Preceded by
Richard Kane
Colonel of Hargrave's Regiment of Foot
Succeeded by
George Read
Preceded by
James O'Hara
Colonel of The Royal Regiment of Fuzileers
Succeeded by
John Mostyn
Government offices
Preceded by
Joseph Sabine
Governor of Gibraltar
Succeeded by
Humphrey Bland
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