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Sir Robert Boyd
1710 – 13 May 1794
Place of death Gibraltar
Allegiance Union flag 1606 (Kings Colors).svg Kingdom of Great Britain
Service/branch British Army
Rank Lieutenant General
Battles/wars Seven Years' War
Awards Knight of the Order of the Bath

Lieutenant General Sir Robert Boyd KB (c.1710 - 13 May 1794) was a British Army officer.

Military career

Boyd was baptized on 20 April 1710 at Richmond, Surrey and attended Glasgow University before entering the army in his father Ninian's profession of civilian storekeeper.[1] In 1756 he served at the Siege of Minorca, and attempted to reach Admiral John Byng's fleet in an open boat with a message from the beseiged Garrison Commander William Blakeney.[1] Boyd was a witness at the subsequent court-martial at which Byng was tried for the loss of the Garrison.[1]

He subsequently became commissary general to the Marquess of Granby in Germany (1758 to 1759); he then rose through the officer ranks to be three-times Governor of Gibraltar (1776 to 1777, 1790 and 1790 to 1794).[1]


Government offices
Preceded by
John Irwin
Governor of Gibraltar
Succeeded by
Lord Heathfield
Preceded by
Lord Heathfield
Governor of Gibraltar
Succeeded by
Charles Rainsford


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