Individual Record for: William Percival Stuart

Personal and Family Information

William Percival Stuart was born 1786 in Madras, India. He died MAR 1855 in Madras, India. The burial was conducted by AH Alcock, Garrison Chaplain

He was the son of William Norman Stuart and Margaret Bruscow.

William Percival Stuart's wife was Fanny Hamilton. They were married MAY 1811 in Vepery Church, Madras, India. Their 7 known children were James Stuart, Anna Elizabeth Stuart, Peter McDonald Stuart, Caroline Mathilda Emelia Stuart, Francis William Stuart, John Henry Stuart and Richard Percival Stuart.

Ancestors Chart (3 generations)


William Percival Stuart


William Norman Stuart


Margaret Bruscow



Baptism11 SEP 1790Fort St George, Madras, India
Ensign, European Regiment4 FEB 1811Madras, India
Lieutenant, Military Institution, European Regiment1813Madras, India
Lieutenant, Quarter Master17 NOV 1818Madras, India
Lieutenant, Quarter Master and Paymaster1822Madras, India
Captain (Adjutant) 2nd European Regiment4 JUN 1824Madras, India
Major, 2nd European Regiment [Com 2 ex reg.]12 SEP 1825Hydrabad, India
Major, European Regiment [Gen sub-asst com]1833Madras, India
Retired2 JAN 1836Madras, India

Other Life Events

Occupation1836Madras, IndiaHead Clerk, Military Auditor's General Office



The European Regiment was in the following palces:

1811 Dutch East Indies garrison and defence

1816 India

1824 Burma

1826 India

1835 Malucca


Whilst there is no documentary evidence other than the raw records of his military career. An insight into life in the East India Company Regiments is provided by Lt Colonel WJ Wilson's History of the Madras Army (1883) . In volume 3 pp384-6 he has the following observations.

July 1814: Dress Regulations


Wellington pantaloons and half boots are to be worn by all officers of engineers, artillery, infantry and pioneers.

Black kid-skin* caps of the same muster in every respect as in use with the Madras European Regiment are to be worn by all officers of engineers, infantry and pioneers.

For bad weather and cold climates, Wellington pantaloons of dark grey cloth are permitted to be worn quite plain without trimmings or ornament. plain great coats of the same colour are also established, made single-breasted with regimental buttons and distinguishing eppaulets or wings for all regimental officers.

Sword belts and sashes are to be worn above the great coats. the full dress coats of the general staff as have facings are always to be worn with the lapels buttoned down.

* These were found so unsuited to the climate that they were abolished in 1816.

He was at the Madras Military Institution 1813-1814, two years later it was closed down.

Possible snippet from

Secunderabad 1 June 1808

This is to certify that Thomas DRUDGE son of Thomas and Ashery DRUDGE born 27 October 1807 was baptised according to the form of private baptism set forth in the rubric of the Church of England this 1st day of June 1808 by me, [signed] W. Thomas, Chaplain to Arcot and Vellore. Sponsors : William STUART, John PATTERSON, Mary HART