Robert Sloper

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Sir Robert Sloper
Born 8 May 1729
Died 18 August 1802 (1802-08-19) (aged 73)
Allegiance  Kingdom of Great Britain
Service/branch British Army
Rank General
Commands held Indian Army
Battles/wars Second Anglo-Mysore War
Third Anglo-Mysore War
Awards Knight Companion of the Order of the Bath

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

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] 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] 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.[2]


He was married to Jane Willis with whom he had six sons and four daughters.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e Biographies of People who worked in British India by Tom and Wendy Dailly
  2. ^ Humphreys Family Tree
  3. ^ 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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