Bingham Arbuthnot

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Bingham Arbuthnot
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Arbuthnot c. 1848 by John Smart Jr
Allegiance British
Rank Major-General
Commands held 3rd Madras Cavalry
Relations Son of Alexander Arbuthnot; children incl. George Alexander Arbuthnot

George Bingham Arbuthnot (2 December 1803 – 30 May 1867) was a Major-General in the Honourable East India Company.

Bingham was commissioned as a cornet in the 3rd Madras Light Cavalry in 1821, having previously served in the Royal Navy. he commanded the Governor General's Bodyguard, Madras, from 1841 to 1853 and as a lieutenant-colonel (1857) the 8th Madras Light Cavalry from 1856 to 1861. The Governor General's Bodyguard, Madras, was raised in 1778 and was originally composed of a small body of European cavalry. Arbuthnot was a major-general in the 3rd Madras Light Cavalry in the HEIC.

Served with the British East India Company. He was a member of the Ootacamund Club, a hill station hunt club an archetypal British colonial institution.

Son of Alexander Arbuthnot. He was half brother of Alexander John Arbuthnot and General Charles George Arbuthnot. He married, 15 July 1829, Harriet Louisa Ormsby, daughter of Joseph Mason Ormsby. He died in Bath, Somerset.


  • Mrs P S-M Arbuthnot “Memories of the Arbuthnots” (1920). George Allen & Unwin Ltd.
  • National Army Museum

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