John Hale (British Army officer)

John Hale by Joshua Reynolds
Captain John Hale, 47th Foot

General John Hale (1728–1806) was a British army officer who was stationed at Fort Edward and later took part in the Siege of Louisbourg as the commander of the 47th Regiment of Foot. He also commanded the regiment in the Battle of the Plains of Abraham.[1] John Hale co-owned the privateer Musketo, 120 tons, eighty men, and the Hertford. These vessels sailed on their first cruise in November, 1756.[2] The regiment was renumbered the 17th Lancers in 1761.

He was raised to the rank of General in the British Army, and was appointed Governor of Londonderry in 1776, holding that office until his death in 1806.


He was born in London in 1728, the youngest son of Bernard Hale, former Chief Baron of the Irish Exchequer and his wife Anne Thoresby; his father died a few months after he was born. General Bernard Hale was his elder brother. The family came originally from King's Walden in Hertfordshire, and were prominent in local politics. John married Mary Chaloner of Gisborough and had eleven children.


Military offices
Preceded by
Sir John Irwin
Governor of Londonderry
Succeeded by
The Lord Hutchinson
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