Arthur Robert Kenney-Herbert

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Brigadier-General Arthur Robert Kenney-Herbert (1840–1916) was a British soldier who served in the British Indian Army, and wrote on cooking.


He was the son of the Rev. Arthur Robert Kenney (1805–1884), son of Arthur Henry Kenney and rector of Bourton-on-Dunsmore, and his wife Mary Louise Palmer; his father changed his name in later life to Arthur Robert Kenney-Herbert.[1][2][3] He entered Rugby School in 1855 as Arthur Robert Kenney.[4] He served in the Indian Army from age 19. Created cornet in 1859, he served in the Madras Cavalry, having arrived in India on 31 October of that year. He was military secretary to the governor of Madras from 1881 to 1884, and retired in 1892.[5] He died on 5 March 1916 at 19a Sinclair Gardens, West Kensington, London.


Kenney-Herbert wrote regular articles about Indian cookery for The Madras Mail, Madras Atheneum and The Daily News, using the pen-name Wyvern. These were collected and published in 1878 as Culinary Jottings for Madras, Or, A Treatise in Thirty Chapters on Reformed Cookery for Anglo-Indian Exiles which went through seven editions. Upon retiring from the army and returning to England, he started a cookery school – the Common-sense Cookery Association – in June 1894. Its premises were at 17 Sloane Street in London.[6]


Kenney-Herbert married Agnes Cleveland, daughter of General John Wheeler Cleveland. Arthur Cleveland Herbert Kenney of the Northants Regiment was their son.[3]


  1. ^ Fox-Davies, Arthur Charles (1929–30). Armorial Families. 2 (7th ed.). London: Hurst & Blackett. p. 1090. 
  2. ^ Debrett's Peerage, Baronetage, Knightage, and Companionage. Kelly's Directories. 1884. p. 471. 
  3. ^ a b Burke, Bernard; Fox-Davies, Arthur Charles (1912). "A genealogical and heraldic history of the landed gentry of Ireland". Internet Archive. London: Harrison. p. 314. Retrieved 2 September 2017. 
  4. ^ Rugby School (1886). Rugby School Register, from 1675 to 1874 Inclusive: With Annotations and Alphabetical Index. A. J. Lawrence. p. 37. 
  5. ^ Office, Great Britain. India (1819). The India List and India Office List for ... Harrison and Sons. p. 538. Retrieved 2 September 2017. 
  6. ^ David, Elizabeth (1970). Spices, Salt and Aromatics in the English Kitchen. Harmondsworth: Penguin. p. 169. ISBN 0140461639. 

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