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Major-General William Beveridge THOMSON

Male 1809 - 1863  (53 years)


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  • Name William Beveridge THOMSON 
    Prefix Major-General 
    Relationshipwith Brian Mark BUSSIERE
    Born 30 May 1809  South Leith, Edinburgh. Midlothian, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Christened 4 Jun 1809  St Cuthberts, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 21 Jan 1863  Chiswick, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried St Nicholas Cemetery, Chiswick, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I2216  Bussiere Robinson | Brian's ancestors
    Last Modified 28 Feb 2019 

    Family Selina Maria CHRISTOPHER,   b. 23 Feb 1815, Bloomsbury, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Dec 1896  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 18 Feb 1841  Karnal, Bengal, India Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Children 
     1. Selina Bathurst THOMSON,   b. Abt 1843,   d. 3 Oct 1858  (Age ~ 15 years)
     2. Emma Maggie THOMSON,   b. 6 Sept 1848,   d. 21 Oct 1897  (Age 49 years)
     3. Lieutenant-Colonel George Leonard THOMSON,   b. 2 Jun 1851, Ferozepore, Punjab, West Bengal, India Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Oct 1898, Glenview, Milton-next-Gravesend, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 47 years)
    Last Modified 4 Jan 2019 
    Family ID F634  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 4 Jun 1809 - St Cuthberts, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 18 Feb 1841 - Karnal, Bengal, India Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 21 Jan 1863 - Chiswick, Middlesex, England Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Selina Maria Christopher - India.jpg
    Selina Maria Christopher - India.jpg
    William Beveridge Thomson - medal 1846
    William Beveridge Thomson - medal 1846
    Medal sold at auction in England in 2013.

    Headstones
    Christopher - Cautley plot
    Christopher - Cautley plot
    On base of west side: The vault of GEORGE CHRISTOPHER, of this Parish.
    North side upper section:
    ISABELLA FRANCES the beloved wife of GEORGE CHRISTOPHER died March 12th 1836 aged 55
    GEORGE CHRISTOPHER greatly loved and lamented died April 7th 1861 aged 81
    Thy will be done.

    North side lower section:
    LOUISA MARY TATHAM their daughter died April 6th 1855 aged 36
    ARTHUR ANSTEY their son died Sept. 20th 1856 aged 38
    MARGARET ASHINGTON BELL, widow their eldest daughter died October 4th 1864 aged 63.

    East side:
    ALFRED WILMOT son of Rev. A.M.W. and MARIA F. CHRISTOPHER died Sep. 15th 1854 aged 10 months
    SELINA BATHURST THOMSON died October 3rd 1858 aged 15 years
    grandchildren of GEORGE & ISABELLA F. CHRISTOPHER.

    South side upper section:
    EMMA OCTAVIA CAUTLEY wife of Major General CAUTLEY and daughter of GEORGE and ISABELLA CHRISTOPHER died October 21st 1870 aged 57
    Major General GEORGE CAUTLEY Formerly of 8th Regt. Bengal Cavalry died October 1st 1881 aged 72.

    South side lower section:
    Major General WILLIAM BEVERIDGE THOMSON, C.B. late Commissary Gen: of the Bengal Army died Jan. 21st 1863 aged 53
    SELINA MARIA THOMSON widow of the above 5th daughter of GEORGE & I.F. CHRISTOPHER died 15th Dec. 1896 aged 81
    ISABELLA FRANCES second daughter of GEORGE & ISABELLA FRANCES CHRISTOPHER born 20th June 1804, died 23rd Oct. 1898

    "Ever with the Lord". 1 Thess: IV. 17.

    West side: Erected 1872 in loving memory of those interred in the Vault whose names are inscribed thereon.

    North side of extension: Sacred to the memory of Major General LEONARD RAISBECK CHRISTOPHER (Bengal Staff Corps) seventh and youngest son of GEORGE CHRISTOPHER born 26. Feb. 1822, died 26. Sept. 1901
    Also of ANN EMMA widow of the above who passed to her rest 27. Feb. 1905 in her 78th year.
    Plot: Christopher Family plot

    Marriage Docs
    Selina Maria Christopher - William Beveridge Thomson - Marriage - 1841
    Selina Maria Christopher - William Beveridge Thomson - Marriage - 1841

  • Notes 
    • William was a Major-General in the Indian Army. When he died in 1863, he was the oldest Commissary in India. 57th B.N.I.
    • Major-General William Beveridge Thomson, C.B., born Edinburgh, May 1809; Commissioned Ensign, Bengal Army, June 1826; posted to the 67th Native Infantry, May 1827; promoted Lieutenant, April 1828; appointed Quartermaster, 67th N.I., October 1828; promoted Captain, August 1837; appointed Deputy Assistant Commissary General, November 1842, and served during the First Sikh War at the Battle of Ferozeshuhur, 21-22.12.1845; appointed Assistant Commissary General, September 1847; Deputy Commissary General, May 1853; transferred to the newly-raised 3rd Bengal European Regiment, November 1853; promoted Major, September 1854; served during the Indian Mutiny, and present at the siege and capture of Delhi (C.B. (London Gazette 18.6.1858), Medal and clasp, Brevet Colonel); promoted Lieutenant-Colonel, July 1858; appointed Commissary General, November 1858; transferred to the 57th Native infantry, September 1859; retired with the rank of Major-General, December 1861. Major-General Thomson died at home at St. Peter`s Square, Hammersmith, January 1863. [4]

  • Sources 
    1. [S52] Peerage.

    2. [S79] Scotlands People.

    3. [S32] Women of India.

    4. [S80] The Saleroom auction.