Indian Mutiny interest. Biography of Field Marshal Sir Donald Stewart.


Elsmie, G. R., C.S.I.: Field-Marshal Sir Donald Stewart, G.C.B., G.C.S.I., C.I.E. an account of his life, mainly in his own words. John Murray [London] 1903 1ste edition 8vo.

2 folding sketch maps & 1 other, 30 illustrations, xxii.482pp, 6pp ads. Original blue cloth gilt, his arms gilt blocked to front board, top edges gilt, a little wear without loss to head and tail of spine but a very clean copy, printed label to front free endpaper WITH THE COMPLIMENTS OF THE LORD MOUNT STEPHEN, contemporary ownership signature to same page A U Cowie, Dufftown 1903. Internally complete and clean apart from a dirty mark to one map [shown in an illustration]. Over 100 pages are devoted to Stewart’s involvement in the Indian Mutiny. He rode with despatches through the enemy lines from Agra to Delhi, was DAAG of the Delhi Field Force during the siege, was at the Relief of Lucknow, and in operations in Bundelkund. He had begun his career in the 9th Bengal Native Infantry and after the Mutiny served in Peshawar (where he commanded the district in 1867), he was Superintendent of the Andaman Islands 1871-5, commanded Lahore Division 1875-8, commanded the Southern Army during the Second Afghan War (over 150pp on this period). Commander in Chief India 1881-1885. Ladendorf 263.        oct6/1

George Stephen, 1st Baron Mount Stephen, G.C.V.O. [1829-1921] was of Scottish origins but became a Canadian citizen and was a successful business man, chairman of the Bank of Montreal and became the first Canadian to be be admitted to the Peerage of England.

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