Meinhardt Schomberg, 3rd Duke of Schomberg

Meinhardt Schomberg, 3rd Duke Of Schomberg

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Meinhardt Schomberg, 3rd Duke of Schomberg, 1st Duke of Leinster, KG (30 June 1641 – 5 July 1719) was a general in the service of Prince William of Orange, later King William III of England.

Military career

Born in Cologne, Schomberg joined his father in the service of the Portuguese Army as a Lieutenant-Colonel and then as a Colonel. He then settled in La Rochelle with his father and became a French subject. He attained the rank of Brigadier and, afterwards, Field Marshal, during the Franco-Dutch War in 1678.

He travelled to England in Spring 1689 and was made Colonel of a cavalry regiment on 10 April 1690 and commissioned General of the Horse on 19 April 1689.

He commanded the right wing of William's army at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690 and, leading the crossing at Roughgrange on the Jacobites' flank, fought to avenge his father's death, which had taken place earlier that day.

He was created a Knight of the Garter and Duke of Leinster for his part in the Battle. In 1691 he was made Commander-in-Chief of the Forces during the King's travels in Flanders. In 1693 he also inherited the title of Duke of Schomberg following the death of his elder brother Charles Schomberg at the Battle of Marsaglia.

Then in 1703 Schomberg was...
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