James Skinner, Indian Army Officer

Lieutenant-Colonel James Skinner (1778-1841), an Anglo-Indian, was also known locally in northern India as 'Sikandar Sahib' (Alexander the Great). He was the son of a Rajput princess and Hercules Skinner, a Scottish lieutenant-colonel in the East India Company service. Famous for military adventures and a large string of victories, his regiment was called 'Skinner's Horse' or the 'Yellow Boys'. Reputed to have a large harem of Hindu and Muslim wives, Skinner gave his heirs 194 Indian villages and an assortment of palaces and indigo factories.

British Library Add.27254 f.4a (c. 1832)
By permission of The British Library


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