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The Earl of Home
William VIII, Earl of Home
Born 1681
Died 28 April 1761
Place of death Gibraltar
Allegiance  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[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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

References[edit | edit source]

Government offices
Preceded by
Lord Tyrawley
Governor of Gibraltar
1757–1761
Succeeded by
Edward Cornwallis

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