The Royal Irish Regiment


General John Hely-Hutchinson, 2nd Earl of Donoughmore GCB


Hely-Hutchinson is best known for taking over command of the army in Egypt in 1801 after the death of Sir Ralph Abercrombie at the battle of Alexandria. In the Irish Rebellion of 1798 he was also second in command at the battle of Castlebar under General Lake. He was educated at Eton, Magdalen College, Oxford, and Trinity College, Dublin.

1757 15th May. Born
1774 Cornet in 18th Dragoons
1776 Lieutenant
1776 MP for Lanesborough (until 1783)
1781 Captain 67th Foot
1781 Major
1783 Lieutenant-Colonel 77th Foot
1789 MP for Taghmon (until 1790)
1793 ADC to Abercrombie in Flanders
1794 Brevet Colonel
1796 Major-General (May)
1798 Irish Rebellion. Battle of Castlebar
1799 Campaigning in the Netherlands
1801 Second in command in Egypt
1801 Created Baron Hutchinson
1801 MP for Cork City (until 1802)
1803 Lieutenant-General (Sep)
1811 27th April. Appointed Colonel of 18th Royal Irish
1813 General (June)
1832 Died on 22nd June


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by Stephen Luscombe