Chitradurga Cemetery

Location: 14° 13′ 30.24″ N, 76° 23′ 46.79″ E

Jagadeesh and I finally found the Chitradurga Cemetery in January, 2005.  Embarrassingly enough, it is smack in the center of town and hidden from view by high walls.  Ironically, the walls also aid the ongoing vandalism of this cemetery, which is still used by the Church of South India, because they provide cover for miscreants who come through wall breaches and use the cemetery grounds as a convenient outdoor toilet and rubbish dump. As can be seen from several photographs below, both the historic and the modern graves in this cemetery are in poor condition.

This is a work in progress.  Jagadeesh and I were both sick when we visited the cemetery, him from a dodgy meal and me from the accumulated effects of general stupidity, and we could only stay less than an hour before we had to be elsewhere.

Information collected during our site visit was supplemented by B. Lewis Rice’s (1906) list of British graves in Mysore and OIOC Shelfmark R/E/537 in the British Library, London.

If you are a relative of someone listed here or have additional information about this cemetery or its graves, please feel free to contact me at blewis@illinois.edu.

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Sacred to the memory of
Jane Hewett, wife of Serjt. Major Jim. Adamson,
of the 2nd Bn. 16th Regt. N. I.,
who departed this life on
the 18th of June 1819,
aged 22 years.
This memento is raised by her beloved husband to
commemorate her many virtues
(Rice #728)


Alexander Anderson

Sacred to Alexander Anderson, Esquire, Superintending Surgeon of Mysore, who died in this vicinity 29th April 1805. His death is to be lamented as a public loss,—for he united with much ability, greater humanity and much general information. In private life he was liberal and affectionate. This tribute of affection is erected by his daughter and son-in-law, Mrs. and Major F. R. West, of His Majesty’s 74th Regt. of Foot

OIOC Shelfmark R/E/537 gives the date of death as 20 April 1805.  (Rice #717)


Ann Bales

Sacred to the memory of
Ann, the wife of Mr. Conductor W. Bales,
who departed this life on
the 22nd day of May 1820,
aged 27 years
(Rice #733)


Sacred to the memory of
Eliza Browne
Aged one year forty seven days
Died 17th March 1810
(Rice #720)


Thomas Casey

Sacred to the memory of
Lieut. Bt. Capt. Thomas Casey,
of the 2nd Battn XIVth Regt,
who died on the 9th day of December 1822.
Respected by his brother officers,
by whom this tomb has been erected
from regard to the memory of the deceased.

OIOC Shelfmark R/E/537 incorrectly gives the date of death as 20 Dec 1822.  (Rice #739)


Stephen FoxSacred to the memory of
Lieutenant Stephen Winden Fox,
Adjutant of the 2nd Bn. 14th Regt N. I.,
who died on the 22nd January 1822.
This tomb was erected by his brother
officers as a tribute of the estimation in
which they held him.

OIOC Shelfmark R/E/537 incorrectly gives the middle name as “Dinden”. (Rice #736)


* FrithHere rest the remains of Mrs. Major Frith,
who departed this life on the 1st April 1810.
Blessed and ever to be regretted by all who knew her.
This monument, dedicated to eminent virtue,
is erected to her revered memory by her
much afflicted and most affectionate husband.
(Rice #721)

 

 


Hatherly daughter

Underneath lie the remains of
the infant daughter of Capt. N. H. Hatherly,
who departed this life on
22nd September 1823, aged 20 days
(Rice #739)


Charles Hewett

Sacred to the memory of
Key Sergt. Charles Hewett,
of the Garrison of Chitaldroog,
who departed this life on
the 1st of April 1826,
aged 63 years.
Blessed is the poor in spirit,
for of such is the kingdom of heaven.
(Rice #745)


Sacred to the memory of
Lt. and Adjt. Hodder
of the 2nd Battn. 16th Regt. N. I.,
who departed this life on the 6th of May 1819, aged 25.
This memento is raised by his Brother Officers
to commemorate his many virtues.

OIOC Shelfmark R/E/537 gives the last name as “Hodder”, which seems so much more likely than Rice’s “Hoololer” that I have taken the liberty of so changing it. On the other hand, R/E/537 gives the regiment as “116th Regt. N. I.”, which is obviously wrong. (Rice #727)


J. B. Howard

Sacred to the memory of
Lieut. J. B. Howard,
2nd Batn. XIVth Regt. N. I.,
who died on the 31st August 1822.
Sincerely regretted by the officers of his Corps.
(Rice #738)


James & George JacksonSacred to the memory of
James and George Jackson,
who departed this life,
the former on the 27th May 1818,
aged 11 days,
and the latter on the 7th Feb. 1819,
aged 2 years 3 months and 18 days.

(Rice #724-725)


Martha JacksonSacred to the memory of
Martha, wife of
Wm. Jackson, Depy. Comy. of Stores,
who departed this life on
the 12th of April 1819,
aged 34 years

Martha’s tomb is on the left; her husband William is the next tomb to the right. (Rice #726)


Thomas JacksonSacred
to the memory of
Thomas Jackson,
who departed this life
the 19th of August 1819,
aged 2 years 8 months.
The Lord gave and the Lord taketh away,
blessed be the name of the Lord

(Rice #729)


Martha Jackson (L)Sacred to the memory of
Mr. William Jackson,
Deputy Commissary of Stores,
who departed this life on the 25th August 1819,
aged 50 years

(Rice #730)


John McDougallSacred to the memory of
Major John McDougall,
2nd Batn. 6th Regt. N. I.
Died 2nd March 1813.
Aged 37 years.

OIOC Shelfmark R/E/537 gives the last name as “MacDongall”.  (Rice #722)


Reginald MilburnSacred to the memory of
Lt. Regd. Milburn,
1st Batn. 10th Regt. N. I.,
who departed this life Novr. 23rd 1805,
aged 27
This stone was placed by his brother officers
as a sincere mark of their esteem
for his many amiable qualities (Rice #718)


Claude MorrisSacred to the memory of
Claude Russell Morris, 2nd son of Lieut. C. L. Morris,
8th Regt. M. L. C.
Died 17th January 1864,
aged 1 year 6 months and 14 days.
He shall gather the lambs with his arm
and carry them in his bosom.
(Rice #747)


Sacred to the memory of
Brevet Captain J. Q. M. C. L. Nelthropp,
the 2nd Battn. 14th Regt. N. I., who was deprived of life
by an accidental explosion of gunpowder on the 16th day of July 1821.
This tomb was erected by his brother officers from esteem and regard for his memory.

OIOC Shelfmark R/E/537 gives the name as “Brevet Capt. & Lt. C. L. Nalthropp”. (Rice #734)


Peter NicksonTo the memory of
Mr. Peter Nickson,
Invalid Conductor of Ordnance,
who departed this life on
the 28th November 1823,
aged 69 years
(Rice #741)



Thomas NobleSacred to the memory of
Lieut. Thos. Noble,
2nd Battn, 6th Regt, N.I.,
who departed this life on
the 24th March 1814,
aged 25 years
(Rice #723)


P. NorburyTo the memory of
Barrack Staff Sergeant P. Norbury,
of the Garrison of Chitaldroog,
who departed this life on
the 10th July 1824,
aged 69 years

OIOC Shelfmark R/E/537 gives his age as 60 years. (Rice #744)

 


Florence PageSacred to the memory of
Florence Louisa Alexandra,the beloved daughter of Nathan and Anne Page. She departed this life on the 6th April 1864,
aged 11 months and 17 days. This lovely bud so young and fair, Called hence by early doom, Just came to show how sweet a flower, In Paradise would bloom

(Rice #748)


This tomb was erected by the
Officers of the 5th Regiment Light Cavalry,
to the memory of Lieutenant George Russel of that Corps,
who died of cholera at Chitaldroog on the 24th November 1839,
aged 25 years, as a testimony of their affectionate regard

OIOC Shelfmark R/E/537 gives the last name as “Russell” and the date of death as 20 Nov 1839. (Rice #746)


W. R. SelbySacred to the memory of
Mr. Assistant Surgeon W. R. Selby,
who died on the 18th June 1822
as a testimony of their affectionate regard

OIOC Shelfmark R/E/537 gives the last name as “Silby” and the date of death as 13 June 1822. (Rice #744)


John StuartSacred to the memory of
Lieut. John Stuart,
2nd Battn. 13th Regt. N. I.
who departed this life
the 8th December 1809
(Rice #719)


Sacred to the memory of
Richard Julian, the beloved son
of Charles Edward and Maria White,
who departed this life on the 22nd October 1866,
aged 2 years and 3 months
(Rice #749)


Eleanor WillowsSacred to the memory of
Eleanor, infant daughter
of Captn. Willows,
2nd Bn. 16th Regiment,
aged 5 weeks
Died 19th Sept. 1819
(Rice #731)


Frances WillowsSacred to the memory of
Frances Ann, daughter
of Captn. J. Enza Willows,
who died on
the 8th day of Octr. 1819,
aged 1 year 9 months 16 days
(Rice #732)


In memory of
Levi, infant son
of Walter and Fanny Winckler,
who fell asleep 19th November 1879, aged 7 months.
If we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. (Rice #750)


References Cited

Rice, B. Lewis. (1906) List of European Tombs and Monuments in Mysore, with the Epitaphs and Inscriptions Thereon. Bangalore. (OIOC R/2/17/106) – Rice compiled his list at the request of the Mysore government, which was impressed by such recent publications of Cotton (1905) on the Madras tombs. To his very great credit, Rice recorded and published all graves in the European cemeteries, not just those of the rich, famous, or unusual, which was the approach that Cotton took.

OIOC Shelfmark R/E/537 – UK High Commissioner Folder; entitled “List of Inscriptions in South India”. Contains lists of cemetery returns for South India. Not all of the reports are dated; those that are bear 1948 or 1949 dates.