The Dutch Cemetery in Chinsurah: A Digital Archive of Memories

Charles Cameron

Last Name: 
Cameron
First Name: 
Charles
Grave Plot No.: 
144
Spatial: 
Post-nominal titles: 
Lieutenant Colonel
date of birth: 
1779
year of death: 
1827
date of death: 
15.05.1827
Nationality: 
Scottish
Age at death: 
48
Gender: 
Male
Relationships: 
Son of Donald (c.1742/44-1817) and Catherine Cameron (born c.1781). Married Charlotte Euphemia (27.06.1779-1803), later Mary MacDonnell and then Luduvina Rosa Da Silva. Father of Donald Meeut, Charles Duncan, Charlotte, Julian, Luduvina Catharina and Ewen Wallace (among others).
Full Epitaph: 
Sacred to the memory of Lieut.-Col. Charles Cameron, Major in His Majesty’s 3-d Regt. of Foot (or Buffs), a brave and distinguished officer; died on the 15th May 1827, aged 48 years. This tablet is erected by his brother-officers as a mark of their esteem.
Occupation: 
Lieutenant Colonel in His Majesty's 3-d Regt. of Foot (or Buffs). Commandant/ Supervisor of Convicts. British Defence Forces Personnel
Place of birth / origin: 
Driminasalie, Kilmallie, Inverness-shire, Scotland
Places mentioned 1: 
Australia (Tasmania, Phoenix, Port Dalrymple, Sydney)
Place of death: 
Chinsurah
Cause of death: 
Cholera
Tomb architecture: 
Pyramid
Detailed information: 

"Charles Cameron (1779-1827) was born on 26 July 1779 at Driminasalie, Kilmallie, Inverness-shire, Scotland. After serving with the volunteers, he was commissioned an ensign in the 92nd Regiment on 18 February in Holland. He entered the 3rd Regiment by exchange on 12 April 1800 and was promoted captain in 1804. In the Peninsular war between 1808 and 1814 he fought on the Douro, at Talavera, Busaco, Albuera, Vittoria, in the Pyrenees and in southern France. He was wounded five times. He was promoted to major in 1813 and lieutenant-colonel in 1819. In November 1821 he sailed from Deptford for Hobart Town in the Phoenix with 3 officers and 50 soldiers as escort to 182 convicts. Cameron was appointed commandant of Port Dalrymple on 14 December 1822, sailed from Sydney with his troops on 19 January 1823 and landed in Van Diemen's Land on 1 February. During his term as commandant, Cameron was involved in the turbulent exchanges regarding the location of George Town as the administrative and military headquarters for northern Tasmania and the role of the garrison in the government of the colony. Finally, Cameron was ordered to remove his station to Launceston in 1824. He was appointed a justice of the peace on 5 March 1823 and became an active supporter of a new Presbyterian Church. He was a widely respected officer and indicated his intention to retire in Tasmania at the end of his military service. He was relieved as commandant on 6 April 1825 and returned to Sydney with his troops later that month. On 30 January 1827 Cameron sailed for Madras, and on 14 May 1827 he died from cholera at Chinsurah, near Calcutta. He is commemorated in Tasmania by a major street in Launceston and is noted in the records of his regiment as a remarkably gallant and devoted officer. [Note: The Australian family tree gives a birth date of 26 Jul 1779, at Drimnasallie. The parish register records a Charles Cameron b. 4 May 1777, Drimnasallie, Kilmallie, son of Donald Cameron and Catherine Cameron] Charles married Charlotte Euphemia (27.06.1779-1803) on 01.10.1800. After her death he was married at Guernsey on 6 March 1807 to Mary, daughter of Ewen MacDonnell. They had at least two sons: Donald Meeut who became a major in his father's regiment, and Charles Duncan who had a distinguished career in the British consular service. After his wife's death Cameron married Luduvina Rosa Da Silva, a nobleman's daughter, in Portugal in 1812. After his death Luduvina married Captain John Finnis in Sydney in 1832. Of her seven children by Cameron, the eldest daughter, Charlotte (1813-1885) married William Dutton at Sydney in 1831, Julian married Dr George Bennett of Sydney and Luduvina Catharina (1824-1851) married (Sir) George Kingston in 1841. The eldest surviving son, Ewen Wallace (1816-1876), was a partner of Thomas Mort, and a founder of the Union Club and Prince Alfred Hospital; in August 1859 he received the grant of Merton, 2000 acres (809 ha) on the Hunter River at Muswellbrook, for which his father had applied before he left Australia. Records also mention Charles Berry Cameron (1814/15- c.1828), Donald Anderson Cameron (16.01.1823-?) and Anne Slade Cameron (1826- 10.10.1834) as children of Charles Cameron. "

Any reason for importance: 
His obituary was published in the Sydney Gazette, 07.11.1827.
Tomb placed by: 
Erected by his brother-officers as a mark of their esteem.
Photo 2 close up: 
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Purba Hossain