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Portraits of Brigadier-General Sir James Tennant, 1805 and circa 185[0s]

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y3022LL

Scope and Contents

Portrait miniature by an unknown artist and a carte-de-visite portrait by Antoine Claudet, 107 Regent Street, London.

Sir James Tennant was born at Ayr on 21 April 1789 and entered the Bengal Artillery as a Cadet in 1804. He was promoted Lieutenant in 1806 and arrived in India in August of that year. He saw active service in local campaigns, in the Maratha War 1817-19 and at the siege of Bharatpur 1825-26. He rose to the rank of Brigadier-General and commanded the Artillery at the battles of Chilianwala and Gujerat in 1849. From 1849 until his death at Mian Mir on 6 March 1854 he commanded the troops at Lahore.


  • Creation: 1805 - 1859

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Tennant's grandson, Dr. Hugh Martin-Leake, 2014.

Existence and Location of Copies

This collection is available on microfiche: South Asia, fiche number 65.


For detailed biographical notices of Tennant see: Hodson, V.C.P. (1927-1947), List of the officers of the Bengal army, 1758-1834, London: Phillimore, vol.4, p.247; De Rhé-Philipe, George William (1912), Inscriptions on Christian tombs or monuments in the Punjab, the North-West Frontier Province, Kashmir and Afghanistan possessing historical or archaeological interest, Lahore: Punjab Government Press, part 2, pp.339-40.


This collection level description was entered by SG using information from the original typescript catalogue.



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