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Major Edmund Swetenham

Male 1795 - 1863  (67 years)


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  • Name Edmund Swetenham  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
    Title Major 
    Born 1 Oct 1795  Somerford Booths, Congleton, Cheshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 11
    Gender Male 
    Baptism 12 Jan 1796  Chester, Cheshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    St. Oswald 
    Occupation Army officer 
    _MILT 29 Sep 1812  [12
    Nomination for cadetship by James Pattison, Director of the East India Company, brother-in-law of Edmund’s paternal aunt Helen Comberbach, “as a personal favour” to his father. 
    Edmund Swetenham nomination for a Cadetship
    Edmund Swetenham nomination for a Cadetship
    _MILT 18 Nov 1812  Addiscombe, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 11
    Cadet at the East India Company’s Military Seminary studying for the Artillery or Engineers 18 Nov 1812 to 13 Nov 1815 
    _MILT 1 Sep 1818 
    Bengal Engineers. Ensign 1 Sept. 1818. Lieut. 1 Mar. 1821. Capt. 28 Sept. 1827. Major 20 May 1839. Invalided 30 Sept. 1840. 
    _MILT 18 Jan 1826 
    He took part in the siege and capture of Bhurtpore as Lieut. Engrs. (India medal) 
    _MILT 1838  [11, 13
    Command of the Headquarters of the Bengal Sappers and Miners 
    Possessions Bef 23 Mar 1838  Mussoorie, Bengal, India Find all individuals with events at this location  [14, 15
    Acquired land west of Mussoorie and built a house and estate called Cloud End, after a hill near Somerford Booths. His first cousin Fanny Parkes (Frances Susanna Archer) helped to supervise the work while Edmund was absent on duty. 
    _MILT 30 Sep 1840  [10
    Invalided - on Invalid Establishment 
    Died 6 Mar 1863  Dehra Dun, Bengal, India Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 11
    • Edmund died while staying with his eldest son, Charles.
    Buried 7 Mar 1863  Dehra Dun, Bengal, India Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Probate 12 Sep 1863  Fort William, Bengal, India Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Probate granted in the High Court of Judicature, Testamentary and Intestate Jurisdiction, to Charles Swetenham Edmund Swetenham and George Swetenham the Executors 
    Person ID I53  Swetenham

    Father Roger Swetenham (formerly Comberbach),   b. Bef 20 Nov 1758, Chester, Cheshire, England. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jan 1814, Somerford Booths, Congleton, Cheshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 55 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Anne Archer,   b. Bef 11 Nov 1762, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 17 Jul 1819, Somerford Booths, Congleton, Cheshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 56 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 11 Jun 1782  Chester, Cheshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • St. Oswald's
    S Multiple Children
    Family ID F24  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Rose Sadur,   b. 1815, India Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Oct 1878, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years) 
    Married 17 May 1843  Mussoorie, Bengal, India Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 11
    Children 
     1. Charles Swetenham,   b. 1833,   d. 6 Jun 1890, Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years)  [natural]
     2. Edmund Swetenham, Col.,   b. 7 Feb 1835, Meerut, India Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Feb 1898, Dehra Dun, Uttaranchal, India Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)  [natural]
     3. James Swetenham,   b. 3 Nov 1836, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, India Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jan 1837, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, India Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)  [natural]
     4. George Swetenham, RE Major,   b. 25 Nov 1837, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, India Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jul 1878, Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 40 years)  [natural]
     5. William Swetenham,   b. 7 Jul 1840, Meerut, Bengal, India Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jun 1851, Mussoorie Bengal India Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 10 years)  [natural]
     6. Rose Swetenham,   b. 30 Oct 1843, Mussoorie, India Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Jul 1923, Portsmouth, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)  [natural]
     7. Robert Alexander Swetenham, CB Col.,   b. 27 May 1845, Mussoorie, Bengal, India Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Nov 1913, Dehra Dun, Bengal, India Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)  [natural]
     8. Henry Harvey Swetenham, Capt.,   b. 4 Dec 1847, Hoorawala, Bengal, India Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jun 1880, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 32 years)  [natural]
     9. Elizabeth Frances Swetenham,   b. 10 May 1855, Gravesend, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Feb 1929, Dehra Dun, U.P., India Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)  [natural]
     10. Isabella Swetenham,   b. 11 Dec 1857, Hoorawala, Bengal, India Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Aug 1911, Mussoorie, Bengal, India Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years)  [natural]
    Family ID F23  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Histories At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    Somerford Booths Hall, Cheshire, England
    Somerford Booths Hall, Cheshire, England
    Edmund Swetenham ca 1860
    Edmund Swetenham ca 1860
    Edmund Swetenham nomination for a Cadetship
    Edmund Swetenham nomination for a Cadetship
    Fanny Parkes at Cloud End
    Fanny Parkes at Cloud End
    Edmund Swetenham nomination for cadetship - Transcript
    Edmund Swetenham nomination for cadetship - Transcript
    Edmund and James Swetenham Hodson-947903
    Edmund and James Swetenham Hodson-947903
    Edmund Swetenham & Rose Sadur marriage
    Edmund Swetenham & Rose Sadur marriage

  • Sources 
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      London, England, Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1813-1906
      London, England, Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1813-1906


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      UK, Registers of Employees of the East India Company and the India Office, 1746-1939
      UK, Registers of Employees of the East India Company and the India Office, 1746-1939


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      The East India Register & Directory, 1844
      The East India Register & Directory, 1844


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      UK, Registers of Employees of the East India Company and the India Office, 1746-1939
      UK, Registers of Employees of the East India Company and the India Office, 1746-1939


    11. [S707] List of the officers of the Bengal army, 1758-1834, part IV, V.C.P. Hodson, SWETENHAM, Edmund (1795-1863).
      Major, Invalid Est. Engineers. b. Chester 1 Oct. 1795. Cadet 1815. Admitted 4 Nov. 1817. Ensign 1 Sept. 1818. Lieut. 1 Mar. 1821. Capt. 28 Sept. 1827. Major 20 May 1839. Invalided 30 Sept. 1840. d. Dehra Dun 6 Mar. 1863. bapt. St. Oswald's, Chester, 12 Jan 1796. 6th son of Roger Comberbach (who assumed by RL 6 July 1790 the surname and arms of Swetenham, on succeeding to the estate of his great-uncle Edmund Swetenham, of Somerford Booths, co. Chester) and Anne his wife, dau. of William Archer, of co. Warwick. Brother of James Swetenham and of the wives of James Parsons and Adoniah Smith, qqv. m. Mussoorie 17 May 1843, Rose Sadur, an Indian lady. (She died Mussoorie 13 Oct. 1878, aged 63.) Addiscombe Cadet 18 Nov. 1812 till 13 Nov. 1815, Services: Siege and capture of Bhurtpore; Lieut. Engrs. (India medal). Supt. of Delhi canals till 11 Aug. 1826; Garr. Engr. at Almora, and Executive Ofr. in Kumaon 27 Feb. 1826; Executive Engr 10th (Agra) Div., P. W.D., 8 Aug. 1828; do. Meerut Div. 13 June 1833 to 24 Dec. 1838; comdd. S. & M. at Delhi 25 Oct. 1838 till 6 Mar. 1839; Executive Engr. Meerut 6 Mar. 1839. Fur. p. a. 13 Jan. 1855 to 28 Nov. 1856. Refs. : Burke's Landed Gentry, 12th edn., p. 1821, s.n. Swetenham, of Somerford Booths, co. Chester. Ormerod's Cheshire, iii. 561. M.I. Dehra Dun and Christ Church, Mussoorie.
      Edmund Swetenham & Rose Sadur marriage
      Edmund Swetenham & Rose Sadur marriage


    12. [S772] British India Office Births & Baptisms, Birth/baptismal certificates in Cadet Papers.
      Archive reference L-MIL-9-126
      Catalogue description Birth/baptismal certificates in Cadet Papers
      Record set British India Office Births & Baptisms
      Category Birth, Marriage, Death & Parish Records

    13. [S625] The Military Engineer in India vol I, E. W. C. Sandes, (Name: Institute of Royal Engineers; Location: Chatham; Date: 1933;), Edmund Swetenham.
      We return now to India to trace some changes which occurred in the three Corps of Sappers and Miners while the Afghan, China, Sind and Sikh wars were in progress. Before and during the First Afghan War, the headquarters of the Bengal Sappers and Miners were at Delhi. Captain George Thomson, the Commandant, having joined the Army of the Indus in November, 1838, the command devolved first on Captain E. Swetenham and then on Captain P. W. Willis. It was during the tenure of Swetenham that, on June 30th, 1841, working pay was first introduced for the men. The Bengal Sappers still consisted of six companies, each of 1o0 men. The original establishment in 1819 had provided for 120 men per company, this was increased by 40 men per company in October, 1825, but subsequent reductions brought the units to more convenient proportions. Broadfoot's Sappers did so brilliantly in Afghanistan that it was decided that they should not be wholly disbanded when the war was over; and so, in January, 1843, selected men were formed into two companies, the 7th and 8th of the Bengal Sappers and Miners. Two more companies, the 9th and 1oth, were added to the Corps on March 21st, 1844, so that Bengal was strong in engineering soldiers when the Army of the Sutlej took the field in the First Sikh War of 1845-46.

    14. [S753] The Cloud, Congleton, CPRE, (Name: CPRE;), The Cloud, Congleton.
      Wonderful views over the Cheshire Plain and beyond.
      This relatively short walk is really rewarding in terms of the wonderful views – and ascending from the Timbersbrook Car Park gives the opportunity for quite a workout in climbing the 136 steps up the steep side of the hill. It’s a good one for a summer evening after work with a picnic – plenty of flat rocks to sit on at the top!

    15. [S750] Wanderings of a Pilgrim in Search of the Picturesque, Fanny Parkes, (Name: Pelham Richardson; Location: London; Date: 1850;), Cloud End.
      23rd.— Captain E. S — — has an estate in the Hills, called Cloud End, — a beautiful mountain,’ of about sixty acres, covered with oak trees : on this spot he had long wished to build a house, and had prepared the plan, but his duties as an engineer prevented his being long enough at a time in the Hills to accomplish the object.