George Augustus Eliott, 1st Baron Heathfield of Gibraltar
Eliott, George Augustus, 1st Baron Heathfield of Gibraltar, 1717–90, British general. Appointed (1775) governor of Gibraltar, he was forced to defend it against a combined Spanish and French siege that lasted three and a half years (1779–83). For this memorable defense he was raised to the peerage in 1787. His name also appears as Elliott.
The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.
See more Encyclopedia articles on: British and Irish History: Biographies