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(Colonel W.L. Gardner)

Small Collections Box 11

Given by Mrs. K. Taprell Plummer

Records of Colonel William Linnaeus Gardner (Gardner’s Horse, India), copied from the Lyon family records by permission of Mrs. K. Taprell Plummer. The records are preserved in a bound volume of typescript copied from the originals which Mrs. Taprell Plummer’s grandmother had, and which cannot now be found. They trace the ancestry of the Lyon family and the connections with the families of Radcliffe, Clayton and Gardner.

Letters of Colonel William Linnaeus Gardner, of Gardner’s Horse, India, to his aunt, 1815-18; during this period he raised and commanded Gardner’s Horse:

25 May 1815 – brief history of his life, from landing in India in 1796 to the present; engaged in Maratha War; later under Lord Lake; near his brother Edward in Delhi, at his H.Q. at Khasgunge; in the attack on Nepal under Lord Moira; Nepal and the Gurkhas; marriage to an Indian princess; left the army for this reason with a Company pension. 1818 – with General Donkin’s Division; chasing Pindaras; tells of Lord Hastings making the British paramount in India; continues with description of prospects and his life in India.

Francis Clayton’s (Mrs. J.R. Lyon’s) recollections of the Gardner family dictated by her at Pulford to her daughter-in-law, Mrs. William Lyon in 1867.