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Leicester Smyth

Sir Leicester Smyth
Born 25 October 1829
Died 27 January 1891 (aged 61)
London, United Kingdom
Buried at Gopsall, Leicestershire
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Rank Lieutenant-General
Battles/wars Crimean War
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George

KCMG (25 October 1829 – 27 January 1891) was Governor of Gibraltar.

Military career

Born the seventh son of Richard Curzon-Howe, 1st Earl Howe and educated at Eton College, Smyth was commissioned into the Rifle Brigade in 1845.[1] He served in the Basuto War in 1852.[1]

In 1854 he was appointed aide-de-camp to Lord Raglan and was present at the Battle of Alma, the Battle of Inkerman and the Siege of Sevastopol.[1] He subsequently served as ADC to General Codington.[1]

He was made Assistant Military Secretary in the Ionian Islands in 1856, Military Secretary in Ireland in 1865 and Deputy Quartermaster in Ireland in 1872.[1]

In 1877 he became General Officer Commanding Western District and in 1880 GOC Cape Colony.[1] He was acting High Commissioner for Southern Africa from 1882 to 1883, GOC Southern District from 1889 to 1890 (in which capacity he hosted a visit by the Shah of Persia[2]) and Governor of Gibraltar from 1890 until his death in 1891, aged 61.[1]


In 1866 he married Alicia Maria Smyth and the following year adopted his wife's maiden name as his own surname: they had no children.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Leicester Smyth at Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  2. ^ Rambling Recollections By Henry Drummond Wolff Page 364 BiblioBazaar, 2009, ISBN 978-1-117-69655-3
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Arthur Hardinge
Governor of Gibraltar
Succeeded by
Sir Lothian Nicholson
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