Edward Harvey (British Army officer)

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Edward Harvey
Allegiance Kingdom of Great Britain
Service/branchBritish Army
Battles/warsJacobite rising of 1745

Lieutenant-General Edward Harvey (1718–1778) of Cleveland Court, Westminster was a British Army officer who served as Adjutant-General to the Forces.

Early life[edit]

He was born the youngest son of William Harvey and Mary (née Williamson) and educated at Westminster School (1727–35) and Lincoln's Inn (1736).[1]

Military career[edit]

Harvey was commissioned as a cornet in the 10th Dragoons in 1741[2] and rose through the ranks to be promoted lieutenant-general in 1772. As a lieutenant he served as aide-de-camp to the Duke of Cumberland at the Battle of Culloden in 1746.[2]

His military career culminated in him becoming Adjutant-General to the Forces in 1763:[3] he died in office in 1778.[2] He was given the colonelcy of the 12th Regiment of Dragoons from 1763 to 1764,[4] of the 6th Dragoon Guards from 1764 to 1775 and of the 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons from 1775 to his death. He was also Governor of Portsmouth from 1773 to his death.[1]

Parliamentary career[edit]

He was elected Member of Parliament for Gatton between 1761 and 1768[5] and for Harwich between 1768 and 1778.[6]

He died in 1778. He was married with one son.


  1. ^ a b "HARVEY, Edward (1718-78), of Cleveland Court, Westminster". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Culloden Moor 1746: the death of the Jacobite cause by Stuart Reid, Page 26, Osprey Publishing, 2002, ISBN 978-1-84176-412-2
  3. ^ "No. 10373". The London Gazette. 13 December 1763. p. 1.
  4. ^ "12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales's)". regiments.org. Archived from the original on 27 December 2005. Retrieved 11 February 2017.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  5. ^ "Leigh Rayment's House of Commons pages". Archived from the original on 13 July 2011. Retrieved 18 November 2009.
  6. ^ "Leigh Rayment's House of Commons pages". Archived from the original on 20 December 2009. Retrieved 18 November 2009.
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
William Bateman
Sir James Colebrooke
Member of Parliament for Gatton
With: Thomas Brand
Succeeded by
John Damer
Joseph Martin
Preceded by
Thomas Bradshaw
John Roberts
Member of Parliament for Harwich
With: John Roberts 1768–1772
Charles Jenkinson 1772–1774
John Robinson 1774–1778
Succeeded by
George North
John Robinson
Military offices
Preceded by
New Post
Adjutant General
Succeeded by
William Amherst
Preceded by
Sir John Whitefoord
Colonel of the 12th Regiment of Dragoons
Succeeded by
Benjamin Carpenter
Preceded by
Louis Dejean
Colonel of the 3rd Regiment of Horse (Carabiniers)
Succeeded by
Sir William Augustus Pitt
Preceded by
The Lord Tyrawley
Governor of Portsmouth
Succeeded by
Robert Monckton
Preceded by
Hon. James Cholmondeley
Colonel of the 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons
Succeeded by
James Johnston