James Edward Dewar was born on 18 Mar 1862 the son of William Wemyss Methven Dewar and Augusta Slater-Harris. He lived at Clodich, and at Inistrynich, Argyllshire.
Colonel Dewar was here photographed in Egypt after the Bays landed at the end of October 1895, after a nine-year spell in India. He replaced Colonel Lambert in Egypt and commanded the Bays during their home service at Aldershot. While there they provided a 100-man escort for the gun carriage that bore Queen Victoria's coffin on 2 Feb 1901. Later that year Colonel Dewar took the regiment to South Africa. But at the end of 1902 he was forced to relinquish command because of ill-health.
Colonel James Edward Dewar is listed as CO of 2/8th Battalion the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders form 28 Oct 1914 to 8 Jan 1915 but it is not clear if this is the same man. He died on 31 March 1933, aged 71. He was unmarried.
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