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General Sir William Keppel GCB (d. December 11, 1834, Paris) was a British soldier and colonial administrator.

He entered the army as an ensign in the 25th Regiment of Foot in January 25, and became a lieutenant in the 60th Regiment of Foot March 4, 1777. He subsequently served in the 23rd Regiment of Foot and the 15th Regiment of Foot the next year, the 82nd Regiment of Foot in 1782, and the 93rd Regiment of Foot in 1783. He was breveted colonel in 1794. On May 20, 1795, he was promoted colonel of the 3rd West India Regiment, which he commanded until 1806.

He was governor of Martinique 1796–1802. In 1803, he was promoted to lieutenant general. On April 24, 1806, he was appointed colonel of the King's Royal Rifle Corps, which he commanded until 1811. On February 7, 1811, he was appointed colonel of the 67th Regiment of Foot, which he commanded until 1828. On January 2, 1815, he was made a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath. In 1827 he was sworn of the Privy Council and appointed Governor of Guernsey. On August 25, 1828, he was appointed colonel of the 2nd (The Queen's Royal) Regiment of Foot, which he commanded until his death.

He was a Groom of the Bedchamber and Equerry to King George IV of the United Kingdom.

Military offices
Preceded by
The Earl Harcourt
Governor of Portsmouth
Succeeded by
The Duke of Gloucester and Edinburgh
Preceded by
The Earl of Pembroke
Governor of Guernsey
Succeeded by


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