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John Mordaunt, Viscount Mordaunt (c. 1681 – 5 April 1710) was an English soldier and politician.

The eldest son of Charles Mordaunt, 3rd Earl of Peterborough, he was a political ally of his father's and managed the attempt to impeach Lord Somers in the House of Commons in 1701.[1]

He saw distinguished service during the War of the Spanish Succession. As a captain, he led the forlorn hope of the 1st Foot Guards at the Battle of Schellenberg in 1704, and was one of the few to survive that bloody assault. Shortly thereafter, he helped lead another furious assault at the Battle of Blenheim and lost an arm.[2] On 25 August 1704, he was made colonel of the Scots Fuzileers in place of Brigadier Archibald Rowe, killed in the attack at Blenheim. On 26 June 1706 he exchanged regiments with Sampson de Lalo, then colonel of the 28th regiment, but resumed the colonelcy of the Scots Fuzileers in 1709[3] when de Lalo was killed at the Battle of Malplaquet.

In 1708, he married Lady Frances Powlett (d. 1715), daughter of Charles Paulet, 2nd Duke of Bolton. They had two sons:[4]

  • Charles Mordaunt, 4th Earl of Peterborough (1708–1779)
  • Lt.-Col. John Mordaunt (c. 1709–1767)

He died of smallpox[1] on 5 April 1710, and was buried at Turvey on 13 April.

References

  1. ^ a b Hattendorf, John B. (October 2006). "Mordaunt, Charles, third earl of Peterborough and first earl of Monmouth (1658?–1735)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press. http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/19162. Retrieved 2006-10-09.  
  2. ^ "History of the Grenadier Guards". http://www.regimental-art.com/history_grenadiers.htm. Retrieved 2006-10-09.  
  3. ^ "The Royal Scots Fusiliers". http://www.regiments.org/regiments/uk/inf/021RSF.htm. Retrieved 2006-10-10.  
  4. ^ "Mordaunt genealogy". http://www.stirnet.com/HTML/genie/british/mm4fz/mordaunt2.htm. Retrieved 2006-10-10.  
Parliament of England
Preceded by
Walter White
Edward Montagu
Member for Chippenham
1701–1705
Served alongside: Walter White 1701–1702
James Montagu 1702–1705
Succeeded by
Sir James Long, Bt
Walter White
Preceded by
Sir James Long, Bt
Walter White
Member for Chippenham
1705–1707
Served alongside: Sir James Long, Bt
Succeeded by
Parliament of Great Britain
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Parliament of England
Member for Chippenham
1707–1708
Served alongside: Sir James Long, Bt
Succeeded by
Sir James Long, Bt
James Montagu
Military offices
Preceded by
Archibald Rowe
Colonel of the Scots Fuzileers
1704–1706
Succeeded by
Sampson de Lalo
Preceded by
Sampson de Lalo
Colonel of Viscount Mordaunt's Regiment of Foot
1706
Succeeded by
Andrews Windsor
Preceded by
Sampson de Lalo
Colonel of the Scots Fuzileers
1709–1710
Succeeded by
Thomas Meredith
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