Alexander Chalmers

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14 Feb 1796
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Uncle of Francis R. Neilson
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Sacred to the memory of/ ALEXANDER CHALMERS M.D./ Presidency Surgeon/ Who departed this life/ at Calcutta/ On 28 April 1857/ Aged 55 years. / This monument is / raised and consecrated/ to the virtues / of a kind and most afflicted/ widow, children and nephew/ Francis R. Neilson/ "Yea though I walk in death's dark vale/ Yet will I fear no ill/ For thou art with me; thy rod/ and thy staff they comfort me.
Presidency Surgeon
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Bharatpur, Gwalior
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Pedestal tomb with winged hourglass motif on top
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Alexander Chalmers was born on 14 February 1796 and received his M.D from Glasgow in 1824. He was assistant surgeon in 1824 and then surgeon from 1838. Chalmers served in the siege of Bharatpur in 1825-6, Gwalior and the Battle of Maharajpur in 1843-4. He was awarded the bronze star and died on 25 April 1851. [Cf. Crawford B.984, p.87]. See the FIBIwiki page on the Battle of Maharajpur :

Source: Crawford, Lieutenant-Colonel D. G. Roll of the Indian Medical Service 1615-1930 - Volume 1. Andrews UK Limited, 2012.

A memorial tablet to Chalmers can be found inside the St. Andrews Kirk, Calcutta.

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Francis R. Neilson
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J.C. Herdman, Snr.Minister, St. Andrew's Church
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Biblical References: 
Psalms 23:4 (KJV) Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff comfort me. [see also the hymn 'The Lord is my Shepherd, I'll not want ...'
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