Major General Sir Robert Pigot, 2nd Baronet

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Sir Robert Pigot, 2nd Baronet

Birthdate: (75)
Birthplace: Patshull, Staffordshire, England
Death: August 2, 1796 (75)
Patshull, Staffordshire, England
Place of Burial: Hodnet, Shropshire, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard Pigot and Frances Pigot
Husband of Anne Pigot
Father of Sir George Pigot, 3rd Bt.
Brother of George Pigot, 1st Baron Pigot Bt; Admiral Hugh Pigot and Margaret Pigot

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About Major General Sir Robert Pigot, 2nd Baronet

Sir Robert Pigot, 2nd Baronet (20 September 1720 – 1 August 1796) was a British Army officer during the American Revolutionary War.


Robert Pigot was born in London, England in 1720. His two brothers were George Pigot, 1st Baron Pigot, Governor of Madras, India and Admiral Hugh Pigot, Commander-in-Chief of the West Indies fleet.

In 1758 Pigot was Major in the 10th Regiment of Foot. In 1764 he was Lieutenant Colonel. From 1769 to 1775 he was the commander of the 38th Regiment of Foot.

He also served as a Member of Parliament for Wallingford from 1768 to 1772. He was appointed Warden of the Mint from August, 1771 until his death.

On 17 June 1775 he commanded the left flank of the British assault in the Battle of Bunker Hill. On 9 July he was Colonel in the 55th Regiment of Foot. He was promoted to the permanent grade of Colonel for his bravery in the battle of Bunker Hill. He was made a Major General in 1777. Pigot was placed in command in Rhode Island and made a Lieutenant General in 1782. In the Battle of Rhode Island he fought with 3,000 men against 5,000 men under General John Sullivan. He inherited the baronetcy of his older brother Lord George Pigot (it had been created with special remainder) and the Patshull Hall estate in 1777. He was also left, with his brother Hugh and his sister Margaret (Fisher), the Pigot Diamond which was sold by Act of Parliament in a lottery. On 8 February he resigned and died 1 August 1796 in Stafford, England.

Pigot Baronets, of Patshull (1764):

  • George Pigot, 1st Baron Pigot (1719–1777)
  • Sir Robert Pigot, 2nd Baronet (1720–1796) - brother of George
  • Sir George Pigot, 3rd Baronet (1766–1841)
  • Sir Robert Pigot, 4th Baronet (1801–1891)
  • Sir George Pigot, 5th Baronet (1850–1934)
  • Sir Robert Pigot, 6th Baronet (1882–1977). He was a Brigadier General and was awarded the Military Cross
  • Sir Robert Anthony Pigot, 7th Baronet (1915–1986). Nephew of the fifth Baronet. He was a Major-General in the Royal Marines
  • Sir George Hugh Pigot, 8th Baronet (b. 1946)

Other References

  • "PIGOT, Robert (1720-96).", The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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Major General Sir Robert Pigot, 2nd Baronet's Timeline

September 20, 1720
Staffordshire, England
October 19, 1766
Age 46
August 2, 1796
Age 75
Staffordshire, England
Hodnet, Shropshire, England