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Tomb Of John Russell Colvin, Agra

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  • John Russell Colvin, of the East India Company, was the lieutenant governor of the North Western Provinces. At the time of the Uprising of 1857, Colvin and various British troops held Agra Fort... 
    John Russell Colvin, of the East India Company, was the lieutenant governor of the North Western Provinces. At the time of the Uprising of 1857, Colvin and various British troops held Agra Fort...  more »
  • 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... 
    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 »
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  • Dedicated to a British civil servant, John Russell Colvin, the tomb lies just in front of the Diwan-I-Aam. It is basically an open tomb which is beautifully coated with stone work. John Russell was a lieutenant-governor of the North-West Provinces of British India during the revolt of 1857 against British government. Died of cholera in 1857, this tomb is the testimony to the landmark uprising against the British in India during this time.
  • John Russell Colvin, of the East India Company, was the lieutenant governor of the North Western Provinces. At the time of the Uprising of 1857, Colvin and various British troops held Agra Fort. Colvin died of cholera during the Uprising, and because of the prevailing (siege-like?) conditions, his body could not be carried out of the fort for burial. Instead, Colvin was buried bang in front of the Diwan-e-Aam, the Hall of Public Audience. His tomb is an ornate one that looks pretty incongruous against the typically Mughal backdrop.

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