John Manners, Marquess of Granby (1721-1770)
Oldest son and heir of John Manners, third duke of Rutland, who survived him. Granby's fame is based on his activities as a commander in the Seven Years War, where he served in western Germany under Ferdinand of Brunswick. He was
present at Minden, where he was stopped from advancing by Lord George Sackville, whom he soon replaced as commander of the British contingent. He played a key part in Ferdinand's success against the French, in particular at the battle of Warburg (31 July 1760), where he led a British cavalry charge that turned the day, at Vellinghausen (15-16 July 1761), where much of the French attack fell on his British corp, and at Wilhelmsthal (24 June 1762), where once again once again his cavalry played a key part in the battle. He became master-general of the ordnance in 1763, and the twelfth commander in chief from 1766 until 1770 when he retired from office. His popularity as a commander is reflected in the number of inns named after him around Britain.
How to cite this article: Rickard, J. (17 November 2000), John Manners, Marquess of Granby (1721-1770), http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/people_granby.html