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John Eardley Wilmot Inglis

Birthdate: (47)
Death: September 27, 1862 (47)
Immediate Family:

Son of John Inglis and Elizabeth Cochran
Husband of Hon. Julia Selina Inglis and Matilda Mary
Father of John Frederic Inglis; Reverend Charles George Inglis; Victoria Alexandrina Inglis; Rupert Edward Inglis; Alfred Markham Inglis and 2 others

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About John Eardley Wilmot Inglis

Marriages Sep 1851

  • INGLIS John Eardley Wilmot S. Jas. Westr. 1 123
  • THESIGER Julia Selina S. Jas. Westr. 1 123

Major General Sir John Eardley Wilmot Inglis KCB (15 November 1814 – 27 September 1862) was a British Army officer, best known for his role in protecting the British compound for 87 days in the siege of Lucknow.

Military career

In 1833 he joined the 32nd (Cornwall) Regiment of Foot, in which all his regimental service was passed. In 1837 he saw active service in Canada in the Lower Canada Rebellion, including the actions at St. Denis and St. Eustache.

During the Second Anglo-Sikh War, in 1848 to 1849 in the Punjab, He was in command at the Siege of Multan and at the Battle of Gujrat.

In 1857, on the outbreak of the Indian Mutiny, he was in command of his regiment at Lucknow. Sir Henry Lawrence being mortally wounded during the siege of the residency, Inglis took command of the garrison, and maintained a successful defence for 87 days against an overwhelming force. He was promoted to major-general and made K.C.B.

After further active service in India, he was, in 1860, given command of the British troops in the Ionian Islands. In 1860 he was given the colonelcy of his regiment, now the 32nd (Cornwall) Regiment of Foot (Light Infantry), a position he held until his death.

He died at Homburg on 27 September 1862, aged 47 and was buried in the crypt of Saint Paul's Cathedral, London.


He was born in Nova Scotia, the son of John Inglis, the third bishop of that colony and grandson of Charles Inglis (bishop).

He was married to Julia Selina Thesiger (1833–1904), daughter of Frederick Thesiger who wrote of her experiences during the siege of Lucknow including extracts from her diary.

Their children included Rupert Edward Inglis who was an England rugby international, who was killed at the Battle of the Somme in 1916. His letters home to his wife from the front were published by his widow after the war.


Inglis is the namesake of Inglis Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia, which connects with Lucknow Street.

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John Eardley Wilmot Inglis's Timeline

November 15, 1814
Age 34
July 16, 1853
Age 38
Peshawar, Peshawar District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
March 14, 1855
Age 40
September 24, 1856
Age 41
March 24, 1859
Age 44
November 30, 1861
Age 47
September 27, 1862
Age 47
May 17, 1863
Age 47
London, Middlesex, England UK