General Sir Henry Pigot GCMG (1750 – 7 June 1840) was a British Army officer.

Sir Henry Pigot
Sir Henry Pigot
Died7 June 1840
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Service/branchBritish Army
AwardsKnight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George

Military career edit

Born the son of Admiral Hugh Pigot, Pigot was commissioned as a cornet in 1769.[1] He served in the Netherlands in 1793 and, following the Siege of Malta, accepted the surrender of Valletta from the French forces under General Claude-Henri Belgrand de Vaubois in September 1800.[1] He went on to be Civil Commissioner of Malta in February 1801. As civil commissioner, he accepted the demolition of the majority of the fortifications of Valletta, but this act was never done and the city walls survive largely intact to this day.[2]

Pigot was colonel of the 82nd Regiment of Foot (1798–1836) and then of the 38th Regiment of Foot (1836–1840).[1] He was promoted full general on 1 January 1812 and appointed a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George in 1837.[3]

References edit

  1. ^ a b c Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  2. ^ Bonello, Giovanni (18 November 2012). "Let's hide the majestic bastions". Times of Malta. Retrieved 5 October 2014.
  3. ^ Mosley, Charles, editor. Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes. Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003.
Political offices
Preceded by Civil Commissioner of Malta
February 1801 – July 1801
Succeeded by
Military offices
Preceded by Colonel of the 38th (1st Staffordshire) Regiment of Foot
Succeeded by
Preceded by Colonel of the 82nd (The Prince of Wales's Volunteers) Regiment of Foot
Succeeded by