John Macleod (British Army officer)

Sir John Macleod
Born 29 January 1752
Died 1833
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Rank Lieutenant-General
Battles/wars American Revolutionary War
Peninsular War
Napoleonic Wars
Awards Royal Guelphic Order

Lieutenant General Sir John Angus Macleod GCH (29 January 1752 - 1833) was Master Gunner, St James's Park, the most senior ceremonial post in the Royal Artillery after the sovereign.

Military career

Educated at the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, Macleod was commissioned into the Royal Artillery in 1771.[1]

In 1781, he was ordered to join the force under Earl Cornwallis which was sent to North Carolina and which took part in the Battle of Guilford.[2] He was, in 1782, appointed Commander of the Royal Artillery at a time when they had just five battalions.[3] He was appointed Deputy Adjutant-General of the Royal Artillery, an honorary position, in 1795.[4] Under Macleod's direction the Royal Artillery had been expanded to ten battalions by 1808.[5] He also held the position of Master Gunner, St James's Park from 1808.[6]

In 1809, he was involved in the expedition to Walcheren.[7] After the Battle of Waterloo, the Duke of Wellington appointed him Director-General of the Royal Artillery.[8]

In April 1827, he was given command of the Field Train, again an honorary position.[9]

He died in 1833.[10]


  1. Military Memoir of Lieutenant General Sir John Macleod, Page 5
  2. Memoir, Page 7
  3. Memoir, Page 12
  4. The London Gazette: no. 13765. p. 293. 31 March 1795. Retrieved 29 December 2009.
  5. Memoir, Page 19
  6. Royal Artillery at at the Wayback Machine (archived 12 January 2008)
  7. Memoir, Page 20
  8. Memoir, Page 26
  9. The London Gazette: no. 18355. p. 914. 24 April 1827. Retrieved 29 December 2009.
  10. The London Gazette: no. 19018. p. 222. 1 February 1833. Retrieved 29 December 2009.
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Joseph Walton
Master Gunner, St James's Park
Succeeded by
Sir Alexander Dickson
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