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Earl of Home
1681 – 28 April 1761
Place of death Gibraltar
Allegiance Union flag 1606 (Kings Colors).svg Kingdom of Great Britain
Service/branch British Army
Rank Lieutenant General
Battles/wars Jacobite Rebellion

Lieutenant General Sir William Home, 8th Earl of Home (1681 – 28 April 1761) was the eighth holder of the title of Earl of Home.

Military career

Having inherited the title in 1720 on the death of Alexander Home, 7th Earl of Home, Home was commissioned into the 2nd Regiment of Dragoon Guards in 1735.[1] He fought at the Battle of Prestonpans in 1745.[1]

On 11 August 1750 he became colonel of the 48th (Northamptonshire) Regiment of Foot[1] and on 29 April 1752 he became colonel of the 29th Regiment of Foot.[1] In 1757 he was made Governor of Gibraltar and in 1759 he was promoted to Lieutenant General.[1]

He died in Gibraltar in 1761.[1]

Family

He married Elizabeth Gibbons.[1] On his death he left the title to Alexander Home, 9th Earl of Home (died 1786).[1]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h William Home at Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
Government offices
Preceded by
Lord Tyrawley
Governor of Gibraltar
1757–1761
Succeeded by
Edward Cornwallis
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