Tomb Of John Russell Colvin reviews
That this very high ranking representative of the British Raj during the Indian Rebellion of 1857 rests in this conspicuous place is a sore point with some Indians. However it is a tribute to their... more »
It seemed slightly incongruous to find the tomb of a foreigner in an Indian fort, especially as he was lieutenant-governor of the North-West Provinces of British India during the Indian rebellion of..... more »
Tomb of John Russell Colvin is placed in front of Diwan-i-Am, which looks out of place at the Agra Fort John Russell Colvin served as Lieutenant Governor of British India's NW Frontier Provinces. Four years after Colvin was appointed to the post, the Indian Rebellion of 1857 erupted against the British rule. British troops suffered heavy loss at Agra because of the aggressive attack of the Indian Freedom Fighters. Lord Colvin who had taken shelter in the Agra Fort died of cholera in the central room of the Shah Jahani Mahal, at the age of 50. His body was laid to rest in front of Diwan-I-Am, which was then a British military garrison. The tomb was built some decades later The inscription on the tomb records that Lord Colvin was born on 29th May 1807 & died on 9th Sep 1857. This rebellion ended the rule of East India Company & the rule of British Raj started, which lasted from 1857 - 1947.
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