John Leland (politician)

John Leland (died 3 January 1808) was a General in the British Army and Member of Parliament serving in the House of Commons of Great Britain (later, the House of Commons of the United Kingdom) [1][2]

He was born the son of Ralph Leland of Dublin.[3] He inherited Strood Park in Sussex from his mother's uncle.

He joined the Army and became a captain (1755) and then major (1762) in the 58th Foot. He transferred to the 1st Foot Guards and was a captain, lieutenant-colonel (1774) and brigadier-general (in America) (1779). He was made colonel of the soon to be disbanded 80th Regiment of Foot (Royal Edinburgh Volunteers) in 1783 and elevated to major-general in 1787. In 1790 he was awarded the colonelcy of the 64th Foot, promoted lieutenant-general in 1797 and made full general in 1802. He had been with General Wolfe at Quebec in 1759 and in the West Indies in 1762.[3]

He was elected to Parliament to represent the Stamford constituency from 1796 until his death in 1808.[3] He was also Lieutenant-governor of Cork from 1796 until his death.

He died in 1808, having sold Strood Park. He had married Anne, daughter of Richard Upton, a ships master, but had no children.


  1. ^ Beatson, Robert (1807). A chronological register of both houses of the British Parliament, from the union in 1708, to the third Parliament of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, in 1807. 2. London: J. Chalmers & Co. p. 146. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
  2. ^ Rayment, Leigh (2003). "The House of Commons Constituencies Beginning with "S"". Archived from the original on 23 October 2018. Retrieved 7 May 2010.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  3. ^ a b c "LELAND, John (d.1808), of Strood Park, Suss. and Woodcote Grove, Surr". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 3 December 2016.
Military offices
Preceded by
John Pomeroy
Colonel of the 64th (2nd Staffordshire) Regiment of Foot
Succeeded by
William Anne Vilettes
Preceded by
Colonel of the 80th Regiment of Foot (Royal Edinburgh Volunteers)
Succeeded by
Regiment disbanded
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Member of Parliament for Stamford
With: Albemarle Bertie 1801–1808
John Proby 1796–1801
Succeeded by