William Stuart

Major Hon. William Stuart C.B.

Major Hon. William Stuart C.B.

Major of the: III/1st Foot Guards

Stuart was appointed ensign in the 1st Guards in 1794, a lieutenant and captain in 1797. In 1798 he served in Ireland during the Rebellion with the 3rd battalion. In 1799 he accompanied the Battalion in the Anglo-Russian invasion of Holland, and was present in the actions of the 27 August, on 10, 19 September and 2 October. In July 1806 he went to Sicily, and returned in January 1808. In 1807 be attained the rank of Captain and Lieutenant-Colonel. In 1809 he served in the expedition to Walcheren.

Stuart afterwards served in the Peninsular War and received a medal for the Battle of the Nive. In 1814 he attained the rank of colonel in the army and was appointed third Major of the Grenadier Guards. He was commanding officer of the 3rd Battalion, 1st Regiment of Guards during the Waterloo Campaign. He fought at the battle of Quatre Bras where he was wounded, and may have lost his arm as a result of that wound, “although an old label on the reverse of the present painting suggests that he received that injury at Waterloo”. He was promoted to Major-General on 19 July 1821, and Lieutenant-General some time after that.

Stuart died unmarried at Erskine House, Renfrewshire, aged 58 on 15 February 1837.[2]


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