Charles Edward Nairne

General Sir Charles Edward Nairne KCB (30 June 1836 19 February 1899) was Commander-in-Chief, India.

Sir Charles Nairne
Born30 June 1836 (1836-06-30)
Died19 February 1899 (1899-02-20) (aged 62)
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branchBritish Army
Commands heldBombay Command
Indian Army
Battles/warsIndian Mutiny
Second Afghan War
Anglo-Egyptian War
AwardsKnight Commander of the Order of the Bath

Military career

Educated at Addiscombe Military Seminary, Nairne was commissioned into the Bengal Artillery in 1855.[1] He served during the Indian Mutiny in 1857.[1] He went on to serve as a Horse Battery Commander during the Second Afghan War from 1878 to 1880.[1]

In 1882 he took part in the Anglo-Egyptian War and commanded the Artillery at the Battle of Tel el-Kebir.[1] In 1855 he became Commandant of the School of Gunnery at Shoeburyness and in 1887 he became Inspector-General of Artillery in India.[1]

In 1892 he was appointed Commander of a District in Bengal and the following year he became Commander-in-Chief Bombay Army (renamed Bombay Command in 1895).[1] He was acting Commander-in-Chief, India from March to November 1898.[1]

He died in 1899 and is buried at Charlton Cemetery in London.[1]


In 1860 he married Sophie Addison.[1] His sister, Helen Catherine Nairne, who was born on 1 September 1843, married Sir Frederick Arnold-Baker.[2]


  1. E. M. Lloyd; rev. James Falkner (2004). "Charles Edward Nairne". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press.
  2. Baker & Smart Pedigree 1902


Lloyd, Ernest Marsh (1901). "Nairne, Charles Edward" . Dictionary of National Biography (1st supplement). London: Smith, Elder & Co.

Military offices
Preceded by
Sir John Hudson
C-in-C, Bombay Army
Succeeded by
Post Disbanded
Preceded by
New Post
C-in-C, Bombay Command
Succeeded by
Sir Robert Low
Preceded by
Sir George White
Commander-in-Chief, India
March–November 1898
Succeeded by
Sir William Lockhart
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