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Laval Graf Nugent von Westmeath

Birthdate: (84)
Birthplace: Ballynacor, West Meath, County Westmeath, Ireland
Death: August 21, 1862 (84)
Bosiljevo, Karlovac, Croatia
Place of Burial: Rijeka, Primorje-Gorski kotar, Croatia
Immediate Family:

Son of Michael Anton Nugent von Westmeath and Anne Walsh
Husband of Giovanna Riario-Sforza
Father of Albert Nugent; Beatrix Nugent von Westmeath, Gfn; Giovanna Gfn Nugent von Westmeath; Gilbert Gf Nugent von Westmeath; Leontine Nugent von Westmeath and 1 other

Occupation: Field Marshall
Managed by: Douglas John Nimmo
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About Laval, Graf Nugent von Westmeath

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  • Laval Graf Nugent von Westmeath was descendend from an Irish noble family and born on 3 November 1777 near Dublin. Only at the age of 31 (!) he received his promotion to Generalmajor on 24 May 1809. In 1813, he commanded the 5th Hussars in the Army of Inner Austria. On 7 September, he took the village of Lippa, near Trieste, from GdB Ruggieri, of Palombini's 5th Italian Division. On 13 September Count Nugent held off GdD Count Pinot's 5th Italian Division until dark at Jelšane and escaped with his rearguard. On 13 October, he forced the surrender of Trieste. On 18 November he captured Ferrara, having crossed the Adriatic on Royal Navy ships. He was cheated of victory at Reggio on 7 March 1814 by the traitor, Joachim Murat, King of Naples, who had abandoned Napoleon and joined the allies. Nugent was about to take the surrender of Italian GdB Severoli's brigade, which was bottled up in the town, when Murat arrived and ordered that Nugent allow the enemy to leave, with all their weapons, to rejoin Prince Eugene.
  • In 1815, Count Nugent fought in the victory over the Neapolitans at Pontecorvo on 13 May. He also raided the village of Mignano on 17 May and threw out Marshall Macdonald's Neapolitans.
  • He died on 21 August 1862 as Fieldmarshal and one of the oldest Austrian veterans of the Napoleonic Wars.
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  • Laval Graf Nugent von Westmeath (November 3, 1777 - August 21, 1862) was a soldier of Irish birth who fought in the armies of Austria and the Two Sicilies.


  • Born at Ballynacor, Ireland, Nugent was the son of Count Michael Anton Nugent von Westmeath, Governor of Prague.
  • In 1793 he joined the Austrian Army, becoming Colonel in 1807, and Chief of Staff of the Army corps of Archduke Johann of Austria in 1809. In 1813 he led the campaign against Viceroy Eugène de Beauharnais, separatin French units in Dalmatia and simultaneously joining the English fleet, thus liberating Croatia, Istria and the Po valley. In 1815 he commanded the right wing of the Austrian Army in Italy, liberated Rome, and defeated Joachim Murat at the Battle of Ceprano and the Battle of San Germano.
  • In 1816 Nugent was given the title of prince by Pope Pius VII. In 1817 he entered the service of King Ferdinand I of the Two Sicilies. After the outbreak of the Carbonari rebellion in 1820, he returned to serve in the Austrian Army.[1] In 1848 he led an Army Corps under Joseph Radetzky von Radetz against the Piedmontese, in the course of the First Italian War of Independence, and also against the Hungarian Revolution of 1848. He received the title of Field Marshal in 1849.
  • Nugent died on 22 August 1862 in the Bosiljevo Castle, near Karlovac, and his body was later transferred to a sarcophagus in the Doric temple "Peace for the Hero", in Trsat above Rijeka, next to the sarcophagus of his wife.[1]


  • Laval, Graf Nugent von Westmeath. In Meyers Konversations-Lexikon. 5. Auflage, 1896.
  • Nugent, Laval Graf von. In ADB. Band 24. Duncker & Humblodt, Leipzig 1875-1912. Online: [1]
  • Nugent-Westmeath, Laval Graf. In Constantin von Wurzbach, Biographisches Lexikon des Kaiserthums Oesterreich. 20. Band. Wien 1869. Online: [2]
  • Had a museum in Trsat Croatia
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Laval, Graf Nugent von Westmeath's Timeline

November 3, 1777
Ballynacor, West Meath, County Westmeath, Ireland
September 25, 1816
Age 38
Naples, Metropolitan City of Naples, Campania, Italy
January 12, 1818
Age 40
Age 43
Venice, Venice, Veneto, Italy
June 1, 1822
Age 44
November 30, 1824
Age 47
Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Veneto, Italy
March 17, 1825
Age 47
August 21, 1862
Age 84
Bosiljevo, Karlovac, Croatia
Rijeka, Primorje-Gorski kotar, Croatia