Born on 17th June 1718 the son of Thomas Howard the previous Colonel of the Buffs. He was commissioned into the 24th Foot, of which his father was Colonel, in 1725, at the age of 7, but did not join the regiment until he was 18. As a lieutenant-colonel he commanded the Buffs at the battle of Fontenoy. He fought in the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion, at Falkirk and Culloden and was accused of treating the highlanders too harshly. He also took part in the raid on Rochefort in 1757 and commanded a brigade at the battle of Warburg in 1760. He died on 16th July 1796. The portrait is by Sir Joshua Reynolds c1774 and a copy was made by James Northcote, assistant to Reynolds. It was said of George Howard "that he was a man universally esteemed, highly bred and a gallant soldier; but he owed his military elevation and employment more perhaps to Royal favour than to any distinguished talents of professional services."
1749 Colonel of the 3rd Foot (The Buffs) 21 Aug 1789 - 12 May 1763
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