FERMOR, WILLIAM [SSNE 3876]
Text sourceWilliam Fermor (1702-1771) was the son of William Fermor. He was active in the Danzig campaign in 1734, and in wars against Turkey 1735-9 and Sweden 1741. In 1742 he was appointed the head of Building Chancery and supervised construction in StPetersburg (Winter Palace, etc) and elsewhere. In 1755 he was a full general. During the Seven Years' War he rejoined the army and conquered Memel and Konigsberg. He became Governor General of Eastern Prussia and Commander in chief of Russian forces. In 1758 he was count of the Holy Roman Empire, a title recogised in Russia. He was later senator and governor of Smolensk.
D. Fedosov, The Caledonian Connection (Aberdeen, 1996); RGIA, f.1343, op.31, Nos. 687-8&op.46, Nos. 1530-5.
- RUSSIA, SMOLENSK REGIMENTS, PRUSSIA (Preussen), SMOLENSK
- Arrived 1734-01-01, as OFFICER
- Departed 1755-12-31, as GENERAL
- Capacity OFFICER, GOVERNOR, purpose MILITARY