10th April 2018 – News from the North West Frontier – RCH Taylor’s letters home

by Aidan Herron

“News from the North-West Frontier – Lieut Col Richard CH Taylor’s letters from India 1857-1859”

Using extracts from his letters home to Ardgillan Castle, Aidan Herron will present a talk on Lieut Col Richard CH Taylor’s campaign in India during the ‘Sepoy Mutiny’, from his arrival in Calcutta in 1857 to his departure in 1859. Along with providing details of his military experiences with his regiment, the 79th Scots Camerons, the letters also provide a contemporary insight into the attitudes and lifestyles of the Colonials in pre-Raj India.

Richard Chambre Hayes Taylor was born 19th March 1819 and died 6th December 1904. He was known by the family as ‘Great Uncle Dick’. Aidan’s talk promises to be a fascinating one.