Robert Colquhoun (East India Company officer)

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Sir Robert David Colquhoun of Luss, Bart (15 May 1786 – 2 June 1838) served in the British Indian Army.[1][2][3] In 1815 in present-day Almora, holding the rank of lieutenant, he organized the Kemaoon Battalion, predecessor of the 3rd Gorkha Rifles, to fight in what became known as the Gurkha War.[4]

Colquhoun was a plant collector and early patron of the Calcutta Botanical Gardens.[5][6] The evergreen genus Colquhounia was named in his honor.[6]


  1. ^ Asiatic Journal. 1838. part II. page 231.
  2. ^ Colbourn, Henry. A Genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary of the Peerage and Baronetage of the British Empire. 1839. page 230.
  3. ^ Family Search. Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950.
  4. ^ 3rd Gorkha Rifles
  5. ^ Colquhoun, Sir Robert
  6. ^ a b Smith, Archibald William (1997). A Gardener's Handbook of Plant Names: Their Meanings and Origins. Courier Dover Publications. p. 103. ISBN 978-0-486-29715-6.