Anderson, General Robert Patrick (1884 -1891)

Lucknow Residence 32 (now 36) Harold Road 1884-1891

Hart’s Army Lists states that General R P Anderson “served in the Punjab campaign of 1848-49……(and) served in the Indian Mutiny campaign in 1857-58; commanded a most exposed outpost during the entire defence of the Residency of Lucknow, and was wounded in the head, face, and foot (mentioned in despatched, Brevet of Major, Medal with Clasp, and a year’s service).”

Then a captain, Robert Anderson wrote an account of his experience during the siege “A Personal Journal of the Siege of Lucknow” published by W Thacker 1858. During the siege his (first) wife Henrietta Anderson, and daughter Annie Hilda Mary Anderson, both died, and are both buried in West Bengal.

Major-General Robert Anderson was born in George Town, Penang, Malaysia in1824, the son of John and Mary Anderson, of Staquhan, Dumfries. John Anderson had been Independent, Acting Resident Councillor of Penang, Malaysia.

Robert appears to have remarried, as in the 1881 Isle of Man Census he is shown as living with Mary Anderson (nee Steele), and their four children, Alice, Eva Blanche and Nelson. By 1884 Kelly’s Streets Directory shows Robert residing at Lucknow Residence, Harold Road – and thus one of the first residents. In 1889 the house is not numbered, but by 1891 it appears in Wards Street Directory as No. 32. In the 1891 census Mary, Alice, Blanche Eva and Nelson are all living at 5 Bedwardine Road, whilst Robert is a guest of John and Margaret Glen, in Hastings.