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General Sir Charles Hastings, 1st Baronet GCH (11 March 1752 – September 1823) was a British Army officer.

Hastings was the illegitimate son of Francis Hastings, 10th Earl of Huntingdon and an unknown mother. He purchased an Ensigncy in the 12th Foot, in 1776 a Lieutenantcy, and in 1780 a Captaincy. In 1783 he purchased a majority in the 76th Foot, but by 1786 was a Lieutenant-Colonel on the half-pay of the 72nd Foot. In 1786 he became Lieutenant-Colonel of the 34th Foot. In 1789 he retired on half-pay again, and during this time transferred to the 65th Foot. In 1798 he transferred to the 61st Foot as Lieutenant-Colonel and soon afterwards was promoted brevet Colonel and Major-General on the same day. In 1800 he became Lieutenant-Colonel of the 65th Foot. In 1806 he was promoted Colonel of the 4th Foot, then transferred to the 77th Foot, and in 1811 returned to his old regiment, the 12th Foot. He was later promoted General.

He married Parnel Abney, the only daughter and heiress of Thomas Abney of Willesley Hall in Willesley, Derbyshire. Thomas Abney was the son of Sir Thomas Abney Justice of the Common Pleas.

Hastings had two sons, Charles born 1 October 1792 and Frank who was born 6 February 1794 and a daughter, Selina, who died young[1]

He was created the 1st Baronet of Willesley on 18 February 1806. He was also a Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Guelphic Order. Hastings had an ancestral seat at Willesley from his marriage and a house at Harley Street in Middlesex.

Lady Hastings passed her life in seclusion and near blindness at their ancestral home.[2]

Hastings took his own life and had acorns buried with him in 1823. He was succeeded by his son Charles who changed his name to Sir Charles Abney Hastings. His son Frank fought at the Battle of Trafalgar and died at Zante.


  1. ^ " Debrett's Baronetage of England Containing Their Descent and Present State, Their Collateral Branches, Births, Marriages, and Issue, from the Institution of the Order in 1611... ,John Debrett, accessed 12 July 2008
  2. ^ accessed 11 July 2008


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