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Blackett, Christoper Edward, 1826-1904 (Captain)



  • Existence: 1826 - 1904


Christopher Edward Blackett (1826-1904), Captain, Argyle and Sutherland Highlanders was the eldest son of William Fenwick Blackett (1793-1868) and his wife Catherine Stewart of Fife (d.1873). He was born on 18 October 1826 and served in the 26th and 93rd Regiments, and the Coldstream Guards, in which he eventually became a Colonel. Between 1854 and 1856 he took part in the Crimea campaign with the 93rd Regiment, seeing action at the battles of the Alma and Balaklava. He remained at Balaklava after the battle and missed the battle of Inkerman. He transferred to the Coldstream Guards early in 1855 and moved to Sebastopol, but was in the reserve when it came to the final storming of the city. He became a J.P. of Kirkcudbrightshire. He married Georgiana Frances Corbet (d.1913) on 17 April 1861, and died without issue on 20 May 1904.

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Christopher E. Blackett: Letters to his parents from the Crimea

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9587
Scope and Contents Letters from Blackett to his parents, during the Crimean campaign. The letters illustrate his patriotism and pride in his profession, combined with a critical attitude to mismanagement in the field and by politicians at home. He was ambitious for promotion, and willing to use his family's money and social influence to achieve it. He evidently enjoyed army life, took an active interest in his brothers' careers, had a hard-headed attitude towards matrimony, and a great affection for his dog...
Dates: 1854-1856
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