George Napier (1751 - 1804) MP

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Birthplace: Merchiston Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland
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Colonel The Hon. George Napier (11 March 1751 – 13 October 1804) was a British Army officer, most notable for his marriage to Lady Sarah Lennox, and for his sons Charles James Napier, William Francis Patrick Napier and George Thomas Napier, all of whom were noted military officers, collectively referred to as “Wellington’s Colonels.” He also served as Comptroller of Army Accounts in Ireland from 1799 until his death in 1804.


Birth


George Napier was the younger son of Francis Napier, 6th Lord Napier and his wife Henrietta Maria Johnston.


Military service


Napier was commissioned into the 25th Foot in 1767 and was promoted Lieutenant in 1771. He became the regiment's Quartermaster in 1776. In 1778 he transferred to the 80th Regiment of Foot (Royal Edinburgh Volunteers) as a Captain. He served in the American War of Independence on the staff of Sir Henry Clinton. He sold his commission in 1781, but was commissioned into the 1st Foot Guards in 1782. In 1783 he transferred to the 100th Regiment of Foot (Loyal Lincolnshire Regiment) as a Captain. In 1794 he was promoted Major, transferred to the 87th Foot, and then transferred again to the newly-raised Londonderry Regiment as Lieutenant-Colonel. In 1800 he was promoted Colonel.


Marriages


On 22 January 1775 he married Elizabeth Pollock, and together they had one daughter, Louisa Mary Napier (died 1776).


On 27 August 1781 he married Lady Sarah Lennox, daughter of Charles Lennox, 2nd Duke of Richmond. He was described at the time as being “impoverished”. Her previous marriage had ended in scandal and divorce; George was Sarah's second husband, Sarah was George's second wife. Together they raised eight children, including three who were to become famed military officers:

General Sir Charles James Napier GCB (10 August 1782 – 1853)
Emily Louisa Augusta Napier (1783 – 1863), married Sir Henry Bunbury, 7th Baronet
Lieutenant-General Sir George Thomas Napier KCB (1784 – 1855)
Lieutenant-General Sir William Francis Patrick Napier KCB (17 December 1785 – 12 February 1860)
Richard Napier (1787 – 1868)
Captain Henry Edward Napier RN (5 March 1789 – 13 October 1853)
Caroline Napier (1790 - 1810)
Cecilia Napier (1791 - 1808)

In 1785 he moved his family to Celbridge in County Kildare, Ireland, where George eventually earned a post as Comptroller of Army Accounts. Lady Sarah was the sister of the very wealthy Lady Louisa Conolly and Emily FitzGerald, Duchess of Leinster who lived nearby. During the Irish Rebellion of 1798, in which one of the rebel leaders was his nephew Lord Edward FitzGerald, he is said to have armed his five sons, put his house in a state of defence, and offered an asylum to all who were willing to resist the insurgents.


Trivia


In 1999, a 6-part miniseries called Aristocrats, based on the lives of Sarah Lennox and her sisters, aired in the U.K. George Napier appears at various ages in the series, played by Martin Glyn Murray and Jeremy Bulloch.


His grandson Colonel Napier brought the first pair of skis to Davos in 1888, starting the popular sport of Alpine skiing that had formerly been the activity of a few experts.

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Comptroller of Army Accounts in Ireland (b. 11 Mar 1751; d. 13 Oct 1804), mar. (1) 22 Jan 1775 Elizabeth Pollock, dau. of Capt Robert Pollock, and (2) 27 Aug 1781 as her second husband Lady Sarah Lennox (d. Aug 1826), 4th dau. of Charles [Lennox], 2nd Duke of Richmond, by his wife Lady Sarah Cadogan, 1st dau. and cohrss. of William [Cadogan], 1st Earl Cadogan, and had issue by both wives.

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Colonel Hon. George Napier's Timeline

1751
March 11, 1751
Merchiston Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland
March 13, 1751
Canongate, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland
1781
August 27, 1781
Age 30
1782
August 10, 1782
Age 31
Whitehall
1783
July 11, 1783
Age 32
1784
June 30, 1784
Age 33
Whitehall, London
1785
December 17, 1785
Age 34
Celbridge, County Kildare, Ireland
1787
1787
Age 35
1789
March 5, 1789
Age 37
1804
October 13, 1804
Age 53