COMBERMERE, Stapleton Cotton, Viscount, Commander-in-Chief. 15737



An original Military Commission, signed ‘Combermere’, as Commander in Chief, appointing A.Shedden to hold the Rank of Surgeon in the King’s Army in the East Indies only. 10 x 15 inches, printed with manuscript insertions, wafer seal affixed, a few marginal blemishes, generally in good condition. [Fort William deleted] Bengal, 20 August 1828. Sir Stapleton Cotton (1773-1865), first Viscount Combermere, served in India as colonel of the light dragoons 1794-98. He served in the Peninsular War, and in 1810 was appointed to the command of the whole allied cavalry. Later he was commander-in-chief in Ireland (1822-25) and commander in India (1825-30), where in 1827 he captured the fortress of Bhurtpoor. Alexander Shedden (1791-1867) was admitted a Member of The Royal College of Surgeons in 1813, was appointed assistant-surgeon to the 7th Madras Light Cavalry and in 1828 was appointed surgeon to the king’s Army in the East Indies. On the verso of this commission he is identified as A.Shedden Esqr. Surgeon of 52nd Regt. N.I. [Native Infantry].