Robert Napier (British Army officer, died 1766)

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Lieutenant-General Robert Napier (died 23 November 1766) was an officer of the British Army.


He was appointed ensign in the 2nd Regiment of Foot on 9 May 1722, and reached the rank of captain in the regiment on 21 January 1738.[1] After performing regimental duty a few years, he was placed on the staff, and employed in the Quartermaster-General's Department. In 1742 he was appointed Deputy Quartermaster-General of the forces ordered to Flanders,[2] and in 1745 he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant-colonel. In 1746, he was advanced to the rank of colonel, and he was afterwards appointed Adjutant-General to the Forces. In 1755, King George II appointed him colonel of a newly raised regiment, later 51st Foot;[3] in 1756 he was promoted to the rank of major-general,[4] and on 22 April 1757 he was removed to the 12th Regiment of Foot.[5] In 1759, he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant-general.[6] He died on 23 November 1766, at London.[7]


This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Historical Record of the Twelfth, or the East Suffolk Regiment of Foot by Richard Cannon (1848) pp. 99-100.

  1. ^ Army List for 1740, p. 16.
  2. ^ "No. 8113". The London Gazette. 24–27 April 1742. p. 2. 
  3. ^ "No. 9540". The London Gazette. 23–27 December 1755. p. 1. 
  4. ^ "No. 9552". The London Gazette. 3–7 February 1756. p. 2. 
  5. ^ "No. 9684". The London Gazette. 3–7 May 1757. p. 2. 
  6. ^ "No. 9924". The London Gazette. 21–25 August 1759. p. 2. 
  7. ^ The Scots Magazine: vol. 28. p. 615. November 1766.
Military offices
Preceded by
Regiment raised
Colonel of the 51st Regiment of Foot
Succeeded by
Thomas Brudenell
Preceded by
Henry Skelton
Colonel of the 12th Regiment of Foot
Succeeded by
Sir Henry Clinton

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