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Old 8th August 2010, 04:27 PM   #1
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hello every one
I am coming from the Ethnographic side of the forum and do not know if my questions are answerable by your team of experts.
The attached gentleman is supposed to be the Gal Robert Stuart of Annat.
He served in India but retired in UK. For my uneducated eyes, the uniform and sword seem to be from around 1800 or a bit later.
Daguerreotype came in 1835 and photos around 1870.
Is it really possible to have a photo of a gentlemen born in 1744 ? Even if he looks quite old !
If it is not possible, than the general is not General Robert Stuart of Annat !
End of the story and he does not belong in our family album !
But who is he ? with some clue on the uniform and the sword, we may be able to make some progress.
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Old 8th August 2010, 04:38 PM   #2
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The sword appears to be in French fashion, namely the Model 1816. these swords were used by the French to the end of the 19th century, perhaps into the early 20th, not only by the French, but also by the military of several other countries, including not only European powers, but USA as well [but this is not an American uniform].
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Old 8th August 2010, 04:45 PM   #3
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Lt. General Stuart died in 1834. (Linky)

apparently he also died in 1820.(linky2)

not sure which to believe....
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Old 8th August 2010, 05:34 PM   #4
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Thanks to both.
Kronckew , if Gal Stuart died in 1820 or 1834 this answers my question: the photo cannot be of the Gal. Stuart.
Who is the gentleman ?
Only the uniform and the sword can give a clue.

Dmitry, I personally doubt that the sword is really French fashion as I have absolutely no ancestor, even at soldier level, who served in the French armies. Could the Dutch of these years have French inspired swords ? After the Napoleonic wars this is not impossible. I have several Col and General serving the Dutch royalties.

Thanks a lot for giving these informations
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Old 8th August 2010, 05:40 PM   #5
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Hi Michel,
Does it have to be a British General ?
I would also guess the sword looks like a French "epee officier"



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Old 8th August 2010, 05:49 PM   #6
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Quite a task !
Those epaulettes and cocked hat were were used in many countries and for a considerable span of time ... entering the 20th century.
One detail to consider is that the jacket only has one row ob buttos; mostly they have two rows.
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Old 8th August 2010, 05:56 PM   #7
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Hi,
Neither the uniform, the sword nor the medals look like anything I can recall
as being part of a British military ensemble. Continental Europe I suspect.
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Old 8th August 2010, 08:33 PM   #8
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Thanks to every one,
I think we are progressing.
No it does not have to be a British officer: the identification was done by my mother who had a tendency to write what she believed to be correct rather than checking if it was possible.
We have also officers in the Dutch armies, including some Col and at least one General.
If Dmitry is correct, the gentlemen could be wearing a sword with a French look.

What about the uniform ?
Could it be Dutch ?
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Old 8th August 2010, 10:42 PM   #9
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Hi Michel,
The first medal pinned on the chest, left to right, has a similarity to the French Legion of Honour, see photograph.
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Old 8th August 2010, 10:59 PM   #10
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i'd concentrate on the medals, the one around his neck looks distinctive, appears to be a five lobed maltese cross with a crown above it. the smaller breast maltese cross with a crown and ribbon has a distinctive ribbon bar at the top of it. it doesn't appear to have five lobes like the previous post suggests.
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Hi,
I should have made it clearer, it was the suspension rather than the decoration itself that I was alluding to. That type of gathered ribbon suspension would suggest to me France, Belgium perhaps the Netherlands as well. It is in France particularly that I can recollect having seen that method of suspension but I could be mistaken, will not be the first time, and there may well be others.
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P.S. The uniform suggests to me mid 19thC, a search on the net of photographs
e.g. from the Crimean War may produce a clue.
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Old 9th August 2010, 12:26 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by Norman McCormick
... e.g. from the Crimean War may produce a clue.

I had been there; couldn't find a similar uniform ... for myself
Besides, there might be differences between field (campaign) and ceremony outfits.

http://www.allworldwars.com/Crimean...enton-1855.html

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Old 9th August 2010, 04:34 PM   #13
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Hi,
I followed Norman McCormick suggestion and went to the Crimean war Photos.
Not much success. In fact, I now think that Norman is correct: not a British uniform. But I found all sorts of uniform with one row of buttons as well as 2 rows. Now look at Lt.Gal. Sir George de Lacy Evans. (Crimean war) he certainly does not have the same suspension of decoration, but his decorations are similar (?) to those of my Officer !
I have made very little progress with the Dutch armies, as I have not found any dutch uniforms with photos.
Thanks to all, I made some progress !
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Old 9th August 2010, 05:40 PM   #14
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Hi Michel,
Another possibility might be to search for images from the Franco-Prussian War and other 19thC conflicts involving continental European armies e.g. colonial wars.
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Just to add my ideas to this discussion, I think the officer is indeed French or a Napoleonic 1st Empire ally of France and the medal on his chest together with the Legion of Honour is The Saint Helena medal, created in 1857 by Napoleon III,and awarded to the 405,000 soldiers still living in 1857, who had fought with Napoleon I during the 1792-1815 wars.
http://www.stehelene.org/php/accueil.php?page=1&lang=en


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P.s. The ribbon on my Sainte Helena medal is a replacement.
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