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Sir Henry Marion Durand

September 24, 2010 3:33 - admin

In 1859 Henry Salt's aunt, Emily Augusta Polehampton (nee Allnatt ) married Henry Marion Durand.

Sir Henry Marion DurandDurand - Major-General Sir Henry Marion, KCSI, CB - Royal Engineers - died 1st January 1871.

Son of Colonel Henry Percy, CB (14th Light Dragoons, Peninsula and Waterloo). Born 6th November 1812. Served Ghuzni 1839 (medal), Maharajpoor 1843 (star), Punjab 1848 (medal and 2 bars), Mutiny 1857 (medal and bar, CB). Married Emily Allnatt in 1859.

Asad Awan has kindly given us permission to use his photos of the tomb of Sir Henry Durand. The monument of Durand is located in the compound of St. Thomas's Church in the small town of Dera Ismail Khan in the North West Frontier Province of Pakistan.

Sir Henry Marion Durand tomb inscription

It reads: "Sacred to the memory of Henry Marion Durand Major General Royal Engineers C.B. K.C.S.I. Lieutenant Governor of the Punjab. born Novr 15th 1812 - died Jany 1st 1871. He entered the army in 1828 and after serving his country for forty years in the field and in the cabinet, was killed in the discharge of his duty, by a fall from an elephant at Tonk - N.W. Frontier."

Sir Henry Marion Durand tomb

Sir Henry Marion Durand died at Tonk

Durand, Emily Augusta Allnatt, Lady – (1826 – 1905)
Emily Allnatt was the daughter of Charles Blake Allnatt, of Shrewsbury. Emily was married firstly to Rev. Henry Polehampton, whom she accompanied to India. Reverend and Mrs Polehampton were present during the siege of the British residency at Lucknow during the Mutiny (1857), where her husband eventually died after being hit by musket shot, and was evacuated to Allahabad. She then became the second wife (1859) of the noted civil servant and diplomat, Sir Henry Marion Durand (1812 – 1871), to whom she bore two daughters, Ethel Durand (1860 – 1933), married firstly James Sligo Jameson (died 1888), of Glen Lodge, Sligo, and secondly, Roberto, Conte di Villamarina (died 1916), and Muriel Durand (died 1933), who remained unmarried. The Dowager Lady Durand survived her second husband over three decades (1871 – 1905). She was stepmother to Sir Edward Law Durand, first baronet (1845 – 1920) and Sir Henry Mortimer Durand (1850 – 1924). Lady Durand died (March 30, 1905) aged seventy-eight.