George Hewett

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Sir George Hewett, Bt
Born(1750-06-11)11 June 1750
Died21 March 1840(1840-03-21) (aged 89)
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branchFlag of the British Army.svg British Army
Commands heldIndian Army
Battles/warsAmerican Revolutionary War
AwardsKnight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath

General Sir George Hewett, 1st Baronet GCB PC (Ire) (11 June 1750 – 21 March 1840) was Commander-in-Chief, India and then Commander-in-Chief, Ireland for the British Army.

Military career[edit]

Educated at Wimborne Grammar School and the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, Hewett was commissioned into the 70th Regiment of Foot in 1762.[1] In 1771, he went to New York to help control the Carib Uprising and in 1780 he took part in the Siege of Charlestown.[1]

In 1787, he was appointed Commanding Officer of the 43rd Regiment of Foot and in 1791, he went to Ireland where he became Adjutant-General and raised a new Regiment which was designated the 92nd Regiment of Foot.[1]

He returned to England, where he was given the colonelcy of the 61st (South Gloucestershire) Regiment of Foot for life in 1800 and became Barrackmaster-General in 1804.[1] In 1807, he became Commander-in-Chief, India and in 1809 he briefly took over the Government of India while the Governor-General put down a mutiny.[1] His last appointment was as Commander-in-Chief, Ireland in 1813.[1]

He was created a Baronet, of Nether Seale in the County of Leicester, on 6 November 1813.[2]

He lived at Freemantle Park near Southampton.[1]


In 1785, he married Julia Johnson and together they went on to have five sons and six daughters.[1]


Military offices
Preceded by
Earl of Hopetoun
Commander-in-Chief, Ireland
Succeeded by
Sir George Beckwith
Preceded by
Viscount Lake
Commander-in-Chief, India
Succeeded by
Forbes Champagné
Preceded by
Staats Long Morris
Colonel of the 61st Regiment of Foot
Succeeded by
John Gardiner