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 James Skinner

James Skinner

Birth
Calcutta, West Bengal, India
Death 4 Dec 1841 (aged 62–63)
India
Burial New Delhi, Delhi Capital Territory, India
Plot Within the church
Memorial ID 11212052 · View Source
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British Army Officer. He was the founder of the famous regiment known as Skinner's Horse, which was a part of the Indian Army under colonial British India and still exists today as part of the Indian army. Born of a Hindu Rajpat princess and a Scot, he lived much of his life like a Moghul and mercenary. He began his career as a mercenary soldier with the Indian princes. He founded St. James Church on Old Delhi but also had a hand in founding a mosque and a Hindu temple. Skinner commanded his own mercenary force of irregular cavalry, with whom he had fought both for the Marathas and the Moghuls, before finally taking service under the Union flag. Skinner's Horse enabled the East India Company to secure great chunks of Northern India for Britian.

Bio by: Rob Leverett


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Rob Leverett
  • Added: 21 Jun 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 11212052
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Skinner (1778–4 Dec 1841), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11212052, citing Saint James Church, New Delhi, Delhi Capital Territory, India ; Maintained by Find A Grave .