De Lacy Evans

For the Australian male impersonator, see Edward De Lacy Evans.
Sir George de Lacy Evans

De Lacy Evans by Peter Edward Stroehling, ca. 1825
Born 1787
Moig, County Limerick, Ireland
Died 9 January 1870
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Rank General
Commands held British Legion
2nd Division

War of 1812:

Napoleonic Wars:

First Carlist War
Crimean War
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
Grand Cross of the Legion of Honour (France)
Other work Member of Parliament

General Sir George de Lacy Evans GCB (1787 – 9 January 1870) was a British Army general who served in four wars in which the United Kingdom's troops took part in the 19th century. He was later a long-serving Member of Parliament.[1]


Evans was born in 1787, in Moig, County Limerick, Ireland. Educated at Woolwich Academy he followed his elder brother Richard (1782–1847) into the military, joining the East India Company's forces in 1800 before volunteering for the British Army in India in 1806. He obtained an ensigncy in the 22nd Regiment of Foot in 1807 then exchanged into the 3rd Light Dragoons in order to take part in the Peninsular War.[2] He was sent on the expedition to the United States of 1814 during the War of 1812 under Major General Robert Ross. Evans was quartermaster general to Ross at the Battle of Bladensburg on 24 August 1814, and during the Burning of Washington, as well as at the Battle of North Point on 12 September 1814, where Ross was killed.

Evans photographed in 1855

Evans was actively involved in the New Orleans campaign at the conclusion of the War of 1812. He was the only British Army officer present at the Royal Navy 'small boat action' on Lake Borgne, and was wounded at the battle of New Orleans.

Returning to the European war with the restoration of Emperor Napoleon I, Evans was present at the battle of Quatre Bras on 16 June 1815 and the battle of Waterloo on 18 June 1815.

Evans commanded the British Legion, which volunteered to assist Isabella II of Spain in the First Carlist War. During the Crimean War he commanded the 2nd Division of the British Army.

In 1853 he was given the colonelcy for life of the 21st Regiment of Foot (Royal North British Fusiliers) and promoted full general on 10 March 1861.[3]

He served as a Member of Parliament (MP) for Rye in 1830, and from 1831 to 1832, and for Westminster from 1833 to 1841 and from 1846 to 1865. He was also awarded the Grand Cross of the French Legion of Honour.[4]

Evans died on 9 January 1870, and is buried in Kensal Green Cemetery, London.

Portraits of Evans were painted by Peter Edward Stroehling (above) and Richard Buckner.[5] An engraving based on the latter can be seen on the web site of the British Library, London. The original life-size Buckner portrait was rediscovered in 2012 and was authenticated by art historian Philip Mould on the BBC Antiques Road Show at Cheltenham in 2013.

Sir George de Lacy Evans's medals and awards are on display at the Queens Own Royal Hussars Museum located in the Lord Leycester Hospital in Warwick.

Funerary monument, Kensal Green Cemetery, London


  1.  Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Evans, Sir George de Lacy". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
  2. "EVANS, George De Lacy". Institute of Historical Research. Retrieved 25 May 2016.
  3. The London Gazette: no. 22497. p. 1375. 29 March 1861.
  4. A dictionary of general biography: with a classified and chronological index of the principal names, William Leist Readwin Cates, page 44
  5. "Portrait of Sir George de Lacy Evans – print after Buckner". British Library. Retrieved 30 May 2015.
  • Adkin, Mark (2001). The Waterloo Companion. Aurum. ISBN 1-85410-764-X
  • Barbero, Alessandro (2005). The Battle: A New History of Waterloo. Atlantic Books. ISBN 1-84354-310-9
  • George, Christopher T., Terror on the Chesapeake: The War of 1812 on the Bay, Shippensburg, Pa., White Mane, 2001, ISBN 1-57249-276-7
  • Spiers, Edward M (1983). Radical General : Sir George de Lacy Evans, 1787–1870, Manchester, U.K., Manchester University Press, ISBN 0-7190-0929-4
  • Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs
  • This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Wood, James, ed. (1907). "article name needed". The Nuttall Encyclopædia. London and New York: Frederick Warne. 
  • de Lacy Evans' grave at

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