23/9/2009 to 23/9/2009
Heritage Shared 2009
Maharajah Ranjit Singh was ruler of the Sikh Kingdom of the Punjab and surrounding territories from 1801 until 1839. Within his army he employed several foreign officers, and he even based the structure of his army on the French example.
This talk will focus on one of these men, Colonel Alexander Haughton Gardner. We will explore how a man born in America to Scottish parents came to be a key member of Maharajah Ranjit Singh's army. Drawing on historical accounts of the time we will discuss this colourful character and examine Colonel Gardner's role in the Punjab both as soldier and eyewitness.
Location: National Library of Scotland,George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EW
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