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Lieutenant General Sir John Clavering KB (baptised in 1722 – 30th August 1777) was an army officer and diplomat.

Military career

Baptised in Lanchester, County Durham, England in 1722, Clavering was the younger son of Sir James Clavering Bt and Catherine Yorke, and younger brother of Sir Thomas Clavering, 7th Baronet. He was commissioned as ensign in the Army in 1736, and was a captain of the Coldstream Guards by 1753.

During the Seven Years’ War, Clavering served in the West Indies, commanding the attack on Guadeloupe, in 1759. In 1762, he obtained a colonelcy on the 52nd (Oxfordshire) Regiment of Foot. Promoted to Lieutenant General, in 1770, Clavering was appointed as governor of Landguard Fort. In 1773, Clavering travelled to India as a member of the Council of Bengal. In 1774, shortly after Warren Hastings was appointed Governor General, Clavering was appointed as Commander in Chief in India.

He was created a Knight of the Bath in 1775. He died at Calcutta, India, and is buried there in South Park Street Cemetery.


Clavering was married twice; the first time in (in 1756) he married Lady Diana West, daughter of John West, 1st Earl De La Warr. Lady Diana died in 1766. the second time In 1772, Clavering married his cousin, Catherine Yorke

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