Trapaud was born in Dublin, the son of a Huguenot refugee family, and a relative of Marshal Turenne. He served in the Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment), accompanying the regiment to the Netherlands in 1742. As an ensign at the Battle of Dettingen, 1743, he reputedly saved the life of King George II, whose horse had bolted, and received a promotion as a reward. Trapaud was also present at the battles of Battle of Fontenoy, Falkirk and Culloden.
In 1760, Trapaud was made a colonel in the 70th Regiment of Foot; he was promoted to Major General in 1762, Lieutenant General in 1772, and full General in 1783.
He was transferred to the 52nd (Oxfordshire) Regiment of Foot in 1778, of which he acted as Colonel. On his death in 1801, he was succeeded by Sir John Moore.
Catherine Plaistow Trapaud, by Joshua Reynolds, circa 1761.
Trapaud was married to Catherine Plaistow the daughter of General Plaistow, in 1751. Her portrait was also painted by Sir Joshua Reynolds. Copies of these, by Edward Fisher, are held by the National Portrait Gallery. Trapaud’s brother was deputy Governor of Fort Augustus.
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