COLYEAR, DAVID [SSNE 5043]

Surname
COLYEAR
First name
DAVID

Text source

Sir David Colyear was the eldest son of Colonel Alexander Colyear [SSNE 5040]. He served in his father's regiment in 1676 and afterwards in Douglas's regiment in French service until 14 January 1683. At that time he returned to Dutch service in Mackay's regiment as lieutenant-colonel. By 31 December 1688 he became Colonel of Wauchope's regiment. Sir David served King William of Orange in Ireland and for his service he was created Lord Portmore and Blackness [in 1699] and Earl of Portmore [in 1703]. He remained in service and became officer commanding in Scotland by 1710 and served in Flanders in 1712. Colyear became governor of Gibralter in 1713 and colonel of the Royal Scots Dragoons the following year. He married Catherine Sedley, Countess of Dorchester

See J. Ferguson, Papers Illustrating the History of the Scots Brigade in theservice of the United Netherlands,1572-1697 (Edinburgh, 1899), pp.507, 509, 516, 567; Sir James Balfour Paul, The Scots Peerage (8 vols., 1904-1911), VII, pp.91-92.

Service record

THE DUTCH REPUBLIC, ALEXANDER COLYEAR'S
Departed 1678-12-31, as LIEUTENANT
Capacity OFFICER, purpose MILITARY
FRANCE, DOUGLAS
Departed 1683-01-14, as CAPTAIN
Capacity OFFICER, purpose MILITARY
THE DUTCH REPUBLIC, SCOTLAND, GREAT BRITAIN, MACKAY'S REGIMENT
Departed 1712-12-31, as GOVERNOR GENERAL?
Capacity OFFICER, purpose MILITARY
GREAT BRITAIN, GIBRALTER
Departed 1713-12-31, as GOVERNOR
Capacity GOVERNOR, purpose MILITAYR
GREAT BRITAIN, ROYAL SCOTS DRAGOONS
Departed 1715-12-31, as COLONEL
Capacity OFFICER, purpose MILITARY