James Watson (British Army officer)

Lieutenant General Sir James Watson KCB (1772 – 14 August 1862) was a British Army officer and Commander-in-Chief, India.

Sir James Watson
Chilton, Buckinghamshire
Died14 August 1862 (aged 90)
Wendover, Buckinghamshire, UK
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
RankLieutenant General
Commands heldIndian Army
AwardsKnight Commander of the Order of the Bath

Military career

Watson was commissioned into the 14th Regiment of Foot reaching the rank of Major in 1802.[1] He was appointed Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion of his Regiment in 1807 and served in India and Batavia.[1]

In March 1835 he was appointed Commander-in-Chief, India and continued in that role until September; two years later he was promoted to Lieutenant General[2] and made Colonel of the 14th Foot, a position he held until his death.[1]

He was also an active member of the Army and Navy Club.[3] He lived in Wendover in Buckinghamshire.[4]

He died in 1862. He had married Sarah, with whom he had at least a son and a daughter.[5]


  1. 14th Regiment of Foot
  2. "No. 19456". The London Gazette. 10 January 1837. p. 64.
  3. Rules & Regulations and List of Members of the Army & Navy Club H. M. Pollett, 1861
  4. Wills & Bequests Illustrated London News, 1863
  5. "Major General Sir James Watson". Retrieved 10 July 2016.
Military offices
Preceded by
Lord William Bentinck
Commander-in-Chief, India
Succeeded by
Sir Henry Fane
Preceded by
Sir Frederick Cavendish Ponsonby
Colonel of the 86th (Royal County Down) Regiment of Foot
Succeeded by
Arthur Brooke
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