Eliott, George Augustus, 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.

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