Charles George James Arbuthnot

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Charles George James Arbuthnot
Born 1801
At sea (HMS Juno)
Died 1870 (aged 68 or 69)
Allegiance British
Service/branch British Army
Rank General
Commands held 72nd Duke of Albany's own Highlanders
Relations Son of Charles Arbuthnot
Other work Equerry to the Queen

General Charles George James Arbuthnot, DL (1801 – 21 October 1870) was a British general.[1]

Early life[edit]

Arbuthnot was born at sea aboard the frigate Juno and raised at Woodford, Northamptonshire. His father, Charles Arbuthnot, was a prominent Tory politician, diplomat and confidant of the Duke of Wellington. He was made a Page of Honour to George III in 1812 (at the age of eleven or twelve).

Military career[edit]

Arbuthnot was made an Ensign in the Grenadier Guards in 1816, was promoted to Captain of the 28th Regiment in 1820, and was made Lieutenant Colonel of the 72nd Regiment in 1825. He was returned to Parliament from the rotten borough of Tregony in 1831, but resigned the seat in the following year by becoming Steward of the Manor of East Hundred. On 19 May 1831, he left the 72nd and became lieutenant-colonel of the 90th Regiment, replacing Lord George Russell.[2]

In 1833, Arbuthnot married Hon. Charlotte Eliza Vivian, eldest daughter of Hussey Vivian, 1st Baron Vivian. Their only child, Charlotte Letitia Caroline Arbuthnot (d. 1884), married Herbert Harley Murray. Returning to the lieutenant-colonelcy of the 72nd Regiment on 23 February 1838, Arbuthnot was brevetted colonel on 28 June 1838. When Sir Robert Peel became Prime Minister, Queen Victoria asked Charles to become her Equerry in Ordinary (a senior aide). He replaced Lord Alfred Paget in the post on 10 September 1841. Two months later Peel offered to help him get into Parliament but after discussion with his father he decided he would be more useful at court.

In 1842, the 72nd was called out to help suppress the "Plug-Drawing Riots" in Lancashire. While supporting the local constabulary in Blackburn, Arbuthnot and his troops were ordered by the local magistrate to fire on a stone-throwing crowd to disperse it. Several rioters were injured, but none fatally.[3] On 14 April 1843, he gave up the lieutenant-colonelcy of the 72nd to Lord Arthur Lennox.

On 1 August 1846, Arbuthnot resigned as equerry, to be replaced by Charles Beaumont Phipps. He was promoted major-general in 1851, appointed to the colonelcy of the 89th Regiment on 9 July 1857,[1] and promoted lieutenant-general in 1858. Arbuthnot was appointed a deputy lieutenant of Northamptonshire, on 21 January 1861, and became colonel of the 91st Regiment on 4 July 1864.[4] Promoted general on 25 November 1865, he was appointed to command the 72nd Regiment on 27 August 1870, he died shortly thereafter, on 21 October 1870.


  1. ^ a b "72nd (or Duke of Albany's Own Highlanders) Regiment of Foot". Archived from the original on April 3, 2005. 
  2. ^ "Promotions and Appointments". United Services Magazine. H. Colburn: 279. 1831. Retrieved 2007-05-14. 
  3. ^ "Plug-Drawing Riots". Retrieved 2007-05-15. 
  4. ^ Groves, John Percy (1894). History of the 91st Princess Louise's Argyllshire Highlanders. W. & A.K. Johnson. p. 33. Retrieved 2007-05-14. 
  • Prof E A Smith (1994). Wellington and the Arbuthnots. Stroud: Sutton. ISBN 0-7509-0629-4. 
  • Mrs P S-M Arbuthnot (1920). Memories of the Arbuthnots. George Allen & Unwin Ltd. 
  • The London Gazette
  • History of Parliament

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
James Adam Gordon
James Mackillop
Member of Parliament for Tregony
With: James Mackillop
Succeeded by
James Mackillop
James Adam Gordon
Court offices
Preceded by
Henry Somerset
Page of Honour
Succeeded by
Frederick Paget
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Charles Bulkeley Egerton
Colonel of the 89th Regiment of Foot
Succeeded by
Charles Gascoyne
Preceded by
Charles Murray Hay
Colonel of the 91st (the Argyllshire Highlanders) Regiment of Foot
Succeeded by
James Craufurd
Preceded by
Sir John Aitchison
Colonel of the 72nd (or Duke of Albany's Own Highlanders) Regiment of Foot
Succeeded by
Charles Gascoyne