Thomas William Fermor (1770 - 1833)

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About Thomas William Fermor,_4th_Earl_of_Pomfret

General Thomas William Fermor, 4th Earl of Pomfret FRS (12 October 1770 – 29 June 1833), styled The Honourable Thomas Fermor until 1830, was an officer in the British Army who fought in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars.


Fermor was the second son of George Fermor, 2nd Earl of Pomfret (1722–1785), by Miss Anna Maria Drayton of Sunbury, Middlesex.

Military career

Fermor was appointed to an ensigncy in the 3rd Foot Guards. He served in Flanders in 1793, and was present at the Battle of Famars, the sieges of Valenciennes and Dunkirk, and the battle of Lincelles. In 1794 he was promoted to a lieutenancy. He served in Ireland during the rebellion, and in the Helder Expedition, where he took part in the several actions. On 16 March 1800 he was appointed to a company with the rank of lieutenant-colonel. He served with the guards in the Peninsula War until his promotion to the rank of major-general on 4 June 1813. For the Battle of Salamanca he received a medal; he was also a knight of the Portuguese Order of the Tower and Sword, which he obtained permission to accept 11 May 1813. His last commission as lieutenant-general bore the date 27 May 1825.

Fermor succeeded his brother George (1768–1830) as 4th Earl of Pomfret on 7 April 1830. Pomfret, who was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1805 and was also a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, died 29 June 1833.


Lord Pomfret married Amabel Elizabeth, eldest daughter of Sir Richard Borough, Baronet, on 13 January 1823. They had two sons and two daughters. Amabel married, secondly, in May 1834, William Thorpe, D.D., of Belgrave Chapel, Pimlico. He was succeeded in the earldom by his eldest son, George William Richard Fermor, 5th Earl of Pomfret, who died unmarried on 8 June 1867, when the earldom, barony, and baronetcy became extinct.

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