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Sir Robert Rich, Bt
Portrait by William Aikman
Born 3 July 1685
Died 1 February 1768
Place of birth Beccles, Suffolk
Allegiance  Kingdom of Great Britain
Service/branch British Army
Rank Field Marshal
Battles/wars War of the Spanish Succession
War of the Austrian Succession

Field Marshal Sir Robert Rich, 4th Baronet (3 July 1685 – 1 February 1768) was a British cavalry officer.

Career[edit | edit source]

Rich was commissioned into the 1st Foot Guards in 1700.[1] He fought at the Battle of Schellenberg and the Battle of Blenheim in 1704 during the War of the Spanish Succession.[1]

He was successively colonel of the 13th Hussars,[1] the 8th King's Royal Irish Hussars[1] and the 6th Dragoon Guards.[1]

He fought at the Battle of Dettingen in 1743 during the War of the Austrian Succession[2] In 1757 he was made a field marshal.[1]

He was also Governor of the Royal Hospital Chelsea from 1740 until 1768.[2]

Family[edit | edit source]

By his wife Elizabeth Griffith (b. c. 1692–13 October 1773), whom he married in 1710,[1] he had two sons, Sir Robert Rich, 5th Baronet, and Sir George Rich, 6th Baronet, and two daughters, Elizabeth (d. 17 September 1795), who married George Lyttelton, 1st Baron Lyttelton, and Mary, who died unmarried.

References[edit | edit source]

  • Heathcote, T. A., The British Field Marshals 1736 - 1997, Leo Cooper, 1999, ISBN 0-85052-696-5
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Sir George Downing, Bt
Sir Robert Kemp, Bt
Member of Parliament for Dunwich
with Charles Long

1715–1722
Succeeded by
Sir George Downing, Bt
Edward Vernon
Preceded by
St John Brodrick
Sir John Hobart, Bt
Member of Parliament for Bere Alston
with St John Brodrick

1724–1727
Succeeded by
Sir John Hobart, Bt
Sir Francis Henry Drake, Bt
Preceded by
Sir John Hobart, Bt
Henry Knollys
Member of Parliament for St Ives
with Henry Knollys 1727–1734
William Mackworth Praed 1734–1741

1727–1741
Succeeded by
John Bristow
Gregory Beake
Military offices
Preceded by
Regiment raised
Colonel of the 18th Dragoons
1715–1717
Succeeded by
James Croft
Preceded by
Richard Munden
Colonel of the 13th Hussars
1722–1725
Succeeded by
The Earl of Harrington
Colonel of Sir Robert Rich's Regiment of Dragoons
1725–1731
Succeeded by
The Lord Cathcart
Preceded by
The Earl of Deloraine
Colonel of the The King's Regiment of Carabineers
1731–1733
Preceded by
Hon. John Fane
Captain and Colonel of the
1st Troop Horse Grenadier Guards

1733–1735
Succeeded by
Sir Charles Hotham, Bt
Preceded by
William Evans
Colonel of the 4th Regiment of Dragoons
1735–1768
Succeeded by
Henry Seymour Conway
Honorary titles
Preceded by
William Evans
Governor, Royal Hospital Chelsea
1740–1768
Succeeded by
Sir George Howard
Baronetage of England
Preceded by
Charles Rich
Baronet
(of London)
1706–1768
Succeeded by
Robert Rich

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