General The Rt Hon Sir William Keppel GCB


Sir William Keppel was appointed an Ensign in the 25th Foot on 23rd January 1775 and was promoted to Lieutenant in the 60th Foot on 4th March 1777. His later regimental appointments were varied, but progressing by way of the 23rd Foot 1778, the 15th Foot 1778, 82nd Foot 1782 and 93rd Foot 1783 he was a Brevet Colonel by 1794 and became Colonel, 3rd West India Regiment in 1795. He was promoted Lieutenant General in 1803. After appointments as Colonel Commandant of the 60th Foot in 1806 and Colonel of the 67th Foot 1811, he became Colonel of the 2nd, or Queen’s in 1828. He served in the American Revolutionary War 1775-78 and in the West Indies.

Sir William Keppel was for many years Groom of the Bedchamber and Equerry to His Majesty, King George IV, who bestowed on him the appointment of Governor of Guernsey, when it became vacant by the death of the Earl of Pembroke, in 1827. While holding this appointment he died in Paris on 11th December 1834.


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