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NOTT , Sir WILLIAM ( 1782 - 1845 ), soldier ;

b. 20 Jan. 1782 , near Neath , son of Charles Nott of Shobdan, Herts. He was educated at Neath and at Cowbridge grammar school until 1794 , when his father became landlord of the Ivy Bush inn at Carmarthen . In 1798 he joined a volunteer corps at Carmarthen and, liking the military life, left in 1800 for India , where he obtained a commission in the Bengal European Regiment . He served in India , with a brief furlough in 1822 which he spent at Carmarthen , until his retirement through ill-health in 1844 . His most famous exploit was the command of a force in the first Afghan War which marched from Kandahar and defeated the Afghans at Ghuznee in 1842 , afterwards forcing its way to Kabul . His retirement was spent at Carmarthen , where he d. 1 Jan. 1845 ; he was buried in S. Peter's church , and a statue of him was erected in what is now Nott Square .


  • J. H. Stocqueler , Memoir and Correspondence of Major-General Sir William Nott, G.C.B. (London, 1854) , 1854 ;
  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography


Professor Samuel Henry Fergus Johnston, M.A., (1908-91), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959