Sir Charles Hastings, 1st Baronet

General Sir Charles Hastings, 1st Baronet, GCH (12 March 1752 – September 1823) was a British Army officer.

Sir Charles Hastings, 1st Baronet
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Service/branchBritish Army
AwardsKnight Grand Cross of the Royal Guelphic Order


Hastings was the illegitimate son of Francis Hastings, 10th Earl of Huntingdon, and an unknown mother who was in fact a famous French courtesan, la demoiselle Lany, "danseuse de l'Opéra". He was born in Paris on 12 March 1752 and brought up in England.[1]

He married Parnel Abney, the only daughter and heiress of Thomas Abney of Willesley Hall in Willesley, Derbyshire. Thomas Abney was the son of Sir Thomas Abney, Justice of the Common Pleas.

Hastings had two sons, Charles, born on 1 October 1792, and Frank, who was born on 6 February 1794, and a daughter, Selina, who died young.[2]

He was created a baronet, of Willesley Hall in the County of Derby, on 18 February 1806. He was also a Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Guelphic Order. Hastings had an ancestral seat at Willesley from his marriage and a house in Harley Street in Middlesex.

Lady Hastings passed her life in seclusion and near blindness at their ancestral home.[3]

Hastings took his own life and had acorns buried with him in 1823. He was succeeded by his son, Charles, who changed his name to Abney-Hastings. His son Frank Abney Hastings fought at the Battle of Trafalgar and died at Zante.[4]

Military careerEdit

He purchased an ensigncy in the 12th Foot, in 1776 a Lieutenancy, and in 1780 a captaincy. In 1783, he purchased a majority in the 76th Foot, but by 1786 was a lieutenant-colonel on half-pay of the 72nd Foot. In 1786, he became Lieutenant-Colonel of the 34th Foot. In 1789, he retired on half-pay again, and during this time transferred to the 65th Foot. In 1798, he transferred to the 61st Foot as lieutenant-colonel and soon afterwards was promoted brevet colonel and major-general on the same day. In 1800, he became lieutenant-colonel of the 65th Foot. In 1806, he was promoted colonel of the 4th Foot, then transferred to the 77th Foot, and in 1811 returned to his old regiment, the 12th Foot. He was later promoted general.


  1. ^ Laurence L. Bongie, From Rogue To Everyman: A Foundling's Journey to the Bastille, McGill-Queen's Press, 2004, p. 200
  2. ^ " Debrett's Baronetage of England Containing Their Descent and Present State, Their Collateral Branches, Births, Marriages, and Issue, from the Institution of the Order in 1611... ,John Debrett, Retrieved 12 July 2008
  3. ^ Retrieved 11 July 2008
  4. ^ Commander of the Karteria
Military offices
Preceded by Colonel of the 12th Regiment of Foot
Succeeded by
Preceded by Colonel of the 77th (East Middlesex) Regiment of Foot
Succeeded by
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baronet
(of Willesley Hall)
Succeeded by