Major-General James Stuart

Stuart was regarded as a failure in all his official posts. He served in Canada and the Caribbean but his final posting was in Madras. Whilst there he organised an expedition against Cuddalore in 1783. This was another failure, for which he was dismissed by the Governor, Lord Macartney. Stuart was outraged at being sacked and challenged the Governor to a duel. Macartney was severely wounded in the encounter. On returning home Stuart insisted that the Cuddalore expedition had been a success and even had his portrait painted by George Romney (in 1786-7) in which he is seen with a map of Cuddalore. He was appointed Colonel of the 90th Foot but that regiment was disbanded and he then became Colonel of the 31st Foot on 8th Feb 1792. But he died a year later on 7th Feb 1793.

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