Harris Maj. Gen. Hamlyn Lavicount

Harris Maj. Gen. Hamlyn Lavicount

Male 1805 - 1869

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  • Prefix  Maj. Gen. 
    Born  16 Aug 1805  Whitwell, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  1 Nov 1869  Bristol Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I35  My Genealogy
    Last Modified  24 Sep 2013 

    Father  Harris Sir Thomas Noel,   b. 9 Oct 1783, Exton in Rutland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Mar 1860, Updown House near Ramsgate Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Hemsworth Elizabeth,   b. 1789,   d. 1836 
    Married  11 Oct 1804  Limerick, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F117  Group Sheet

    Family 1  Reeve Eliza Cobden,   b. 31 Dec 1816,   d. 1 Apr 1867, Bristol Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  28 Aug 1832  Bangalore India Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    >1. Harris Mary Hamlyn,   b. 31 May 1848, Bangalore, India Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Sep 1932, Wadhurst, Sussex Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Harris Hamlyn Lavicount,   b. 16 Aug 1845, Madras, India Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Jul 1925, Tumut, New South Wales Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Maj Gen Noel Hamlyn Harris,   b. 1834, Bellary Tamil Nadu Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1900, Kensington Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Harris Eliza Reeve,   b. 1835, Bangalore India Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Nov 1863, Coonoor, India Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Harris Lt. Col. Henry Thomas,   b. 18 Nov 1837, Bangalore India Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1882, Bangalore India Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Harris Mary Isabella,   b. 1842, Madras, India Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1843
     7. Harris Harriet Huntingdon,   b. 23 Jan 1844, Bellary Tamil Nadu Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1901, Coimbatore Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Harris William Hamlyn,   b. 5 Jul 1851, Madras, India Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1905, Tumut, New South Wales Find all individuals with events at this location
     9. Harris Isabella Hamlyn,   b. 18 May 1852,   d. 6 Jan 1915
    Last Modified  29 Nov 2012 
    Family ID  F11  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Evans Charlotte,   b. 1844,   d. 1886 
    Married  1869  Bristol Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified  7 Dec 2012 
    Family ID  F172  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 28 Aug 1832 - Bangalore India Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos

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     A chromolithograph of 32nd Madras Native Infantry (now 4 Baloch) by Henry Martens, 1845.
    A chromolithograph of 32nd Madras Native Infantry (now 4 Baloch) by Henry Martens, 1845.
    1869 Probate record for Hamlyn Lavicount Harris
    1869 Probate record for Hamlyn Lavicount Harris
    Flag of the British East India Company, 1801–1858
    Flag of the British East India Company, 1801–1858
    Pycrofts rd, Madras 1890
    Pycrofts rd, Madras 1890
    Sepoy in the 27th Madras Native Infantry
    Sepoy in the 27th Madras Native Infantry
    watercolour by Alex Hunter, 1846

  • Notes 
    • Hamlyn was born in Ireland, the son of a relatively famous general from the Napoleonic wars. He became a soldier himself in India with the East India Company and rose through the ranks to Major General in the Madras Native Infantry. He and his wife had 9 children before they retired to live in Bristol, Somerset. He married a second time after his first wife died.

      Hamlyn applied to be a cadet in the Honourable East India Company 1821/2, and joined the Madras Army. The Madras Presidency covered much of Southern India. He became a Lieutenant in the 15th regt in 1832, Major in 1846, Lt Col in 1854, Colonel in 1857 and Major General in 1861 in the 15th Madras Native Infantry.
      source: 'Alphabetical list of Officers of the Madras Army' published in 1838.

      The 15th Madras Native Infantry regiment had been raised in the 1770s during the Carnatic Campaign, and then became the 15th Madras from 1824-1885. Although the 15th was busy at the start of the century and in Afghanistan and Burma at the end, it seems Hamlyn was serving with them during a prolonged period of peace when they saw no major action.

      In the 1830s the Madras Army was concerned with internal security and support for the civil administration. This was a multi-ethnic army in which the British officers were encouraged to learn and speak Asian languages. In 1832-1833 the Madras Army put down a rebellion in the Visakhapatnam district.

      The Army of the Madras Presidency remained almost unaffected by the Indian Rebellion of 1857. By contrast with the larger Bengal Army where all but twelve (out of eighty-four) infantry and cavalry regiments either mutinied or were disbanded, all fifty-two regiments of Madras Native Infantry remained loyal and passed into the new Indian Army when direct British Crown rule replaced that of the Honourable East India Company.
      source: wikipedia

      According to the India Office Records held in the National Archives, Hamlyn retired from the army on 31st Dec 1861, and died on 1st Nov 1869 in Bristol.

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      Florence Stacy in her Whitty family memoir suggests that despite a full pension, there were financial pressures for Hamlyn Lavicount: Eliza was now an invalid and needed constant nursing care, Isabella was to go to London for an operation which it was hoped would enable her to walk better, Henry needed financial assistance because his Army pay as a lieutenant in the Madras Army was relatively small, and Harriet, Mary and Wiiliam were all still in various stages of education (see below).
      [Hamlyn was a Major General when he left the Madras Army, not a lieutenant, so not sure the above note is correct about his pay]

      By 1867 Hamlyn and his wife were living in Bristol. Eliza died at Frankfort House, Whiteladies Road, Clifton on 1 April 1867 of cancer of the stomach, following at least two unsuccessful operations and a prolonged period of ill-health.

      Hamlyn Lavicount remarried in Bristol in 1869, shortly before his own death in the same year of a stroke at 2 Eastfield Villas Westbury on Trym (now a northern suburb of the city of Bristol). His death certificate suggests that he had had a previous stroke: the cause of death is given as 'disease of the brain with partial paralysis' and 'apoplexy 24 hours'.

      Source: from notes of Mary Whitty

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      Marriage record 1832:
      At Bangalore, Lieut. Hamlyn Lavicount Harris, 15th regt. N.I., to Eliza Cobden, eldest daughter of the Rev. W. Reeve.
      East India Register and Directory Marriage Announcements

      1861 Census Record:
      Hamlyn L Harris, age 55, Colonel East India Service, born Ireland, was living with his wife Eliza age 44, born India (East), at Bouron Court in Flax Bourton.
      with them live daughters Harriet age 18, Mary age 12 and son William age 7, and Isabella, all born India (East).
      Also living there are 3 domestic servants.

      He married a second time to a Charlotte Evans on 15th May 1868, after his wife Eliza died on 1st April 1867.

      1869 Probate record:

      The will with a codicile of Hamlyn Lavicount Harris, late of 2 Eastfield Villas, Westbury-pon-Trym, Gloucestershire, late General in Her Majesty's army, deceased, who died 1st November 1869 at 2 Eastfield Villas aforesaid, was proved at Bristol by the oath of Charlotte Harris of 2 Eastfield Villas aforesaid, wido, the relict, the sole executrix. Effects under £300.

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  • Sources 
    1. [S1] ‘Alphabetical list of Officers of the Madras Army’ published in 1838.


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