Everard, Mathias (DNB00)

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EVERARD, MATHIAS (d. 1857), major-general, of Randilestown, co. Meath, third son of Thomas Everard of Randilestown, by his wife and cousin, Barbara, daughter of O'Reilly of Ballinlough Castle, and sister of Sir Henry Nugent, was appointed ensign in the 2nd or Queen's, regiment at Gibraltar 28 Sept. 1804, and became lieutenant 21 March 1805. In December 1805 the company to which young Everard belonged, with two others of his regiment and two of the 54th foot, were captured on their voyage home from Gibraltar by a French squadron of six sail of the line and some frigates, under Admiral Guillaumet, bound for Mauritius. The troops were put on board La Volontaire frigate and carried about for three months, until La Volontaire ran into Table Bay for water, in ignorance of the recapture of the Cape by the British, and had to strike to the shore batteries. The troops were landed, and the companies of the Queen's did duty for some months at the Cape; but those of the 54th, to which Everard appears to have been temporarily attached for duty, were sent with the reinforcements to the Rio Plata, and acted as mounted infantry with the force under Sir Samuel Auchmuty [q. v.] While so employed Everard led the forlorn hope at the storming of Monte Video 3 Feb. 1807, when twenty-two out of thirty-two men with him were killed or wounded. For this service Everard received a sword of honour from the Patriotic Fund at Lloyd's and the freedom of the city of Dublin. He was also promoted, 23 April 1807, to a company in the 2nd battalion 14th foot, with which he served at Corunna and in the Walcheren expedition. During the latter he was thanked in general orders for his conduct at the siege of Flushing, 12 Aug. 1809, when the flank companies of the 14th, one of which he commanded, supported by the rest of the battalion, in conjunction with some of the German legion, stormed one of the enemy's batteries and effected a lodgment within musket-shot of the walls (Cannon, Hist. Rec. 14th Foot, p. 65). He was subsequently transferred to the 1st battalion of his regiment in India, and commanded it at the siege of Hattrass in 1817. He commanded a flank battalion in the operations against the Pindarrees in 1818–19, was made regimental major 10 July 1821, and commanded it at the storming of Bhurtpore 29 Dec. 1825, when the 14th headed one of the columns of assault, and unsupported cleared the breach after the premature explosion of a mine, and effected a junction with the other column led by the 59th foot, the steadiness and discipline of these two regiments, to quote the words of Lord Combermere, ‘deciding the fate of the day’ (ib. pp. 82–5). Everard was made C.B. and a brevet lieutenant-colonel. He became regimental lieutenant-colonel in 1831, and commanded the regiment for a period of sixteen years at home, in the West Indies, and North America. He was made C.B. in 1826, K.H. in 1831, and major-general 11 Nov. 1851, and received a distinguished service pension. Everard, who had succeeded his elder brother in the family estate, died at Southsea, unmarried, on 20 April 1857.

[Burke's Landed Gentry, 1868, ed. supp. under ‘Everard of Randilestown;’ Cannon's Hist. Rec. 2nd or Queen's and 14th Foot; Hart's Army Lists; Gent. Mag. 3rd ser. ii. 618.]

H. M. C.