COLYEAR, WALTER PHILIP [SSNE 5041]

Surname
COLYEAR
First name
WALTER PHILIP

Text source

General Walter Colyear was the second son of Colonel Alexander Colyear [SSNE 5040] and Jean Murray. He was born in 1657 and served in the prince of Orange's Guards at Maastricht in 1676. After the battle of St. Denis in 1678 he became a captain in the guard and later took over as Colonel of his own regiment by 1697. Colyears' promotions were steady thereafter, becoming brigadier in 1702, major-general in 1704, lieutenant-general in 1709 and general in 1727. Colyear also undertook other roles including the governorship of Bonn in 1707, and of Namur between 1718-1747.

See J. Ferguson, Papers Illustrating the History of the Scots Brigade in the service of the United Netherlands,1572-1697 (Edinburgh, 1899), pp.xxxi, xxxv, 482, 574, 575; Sir James Balfour Paul, The Scots Peerage (8 vols., 1904-1911), VII, pp.90-91.

Service record

THE DUTCH REPUBLIC, THE DUTCH ARMY
Departed 1747-12-31, as GENERAL
Capacity OFFICER, purpose MILITARY
THE DUTCH REPUBLIC, BONN
Departed 1707-12-31, as GOVERNOR
Capacity GOVERNOR, purpose MILITARY, CIVIC
THE DUTCH REPUBLIC, NAMUR
Departed 1747-12-31, as GOVERNOR
Capacity GOVERNOR, purpose CIVIC, MILITARY