Parish Notes

Allgood, George, Maj.Gen., 1827-1906

Photo : NEWMP

© Camille Silvy albumen print, 24th May 1862

© Camille Silvy albumen print, 24th May 1862

The J. Paul Getty Museum Capt Allgood India 1858/9

Allgoods Hunting Rifle 16 Bore Putdey

In St.Simon's Church is a marble plaque with a family crest at the top. It reads:

In Loving memory of
George Allgood
of Blindburn
Major General C.B.
H.M. late Indian Army
Born at Nunwick, November 1st 1827
Died at Blindburn, October 19th, 1906.

Major General George Allgood, CB., was born at Nunwick on the 1st November 1827, died 19th October 1906, baptised privately the next day, registered at Simonburn, on the 2nd November 1827, [formerly the Chief Constable of Northumberland from the 21st October 1869, but resigned due to ill health in January 1886], and his wife Elizabeth nee Clayton, born 1836 at Humshaugh, [baptised 31st January 1837, died Saturday 14th February 1874, three days after the birth of Bertram Allgood], 2nd daughter of the late Reverend Richard Clayton [died 8th October 1856], and Mary Anne nee Laing Clayton. George and Elizabeth were married on Thursday 24th July 1862 at Warden. The Three children were Adrian George born 1867 in India, [Lieutenant in the Royal Navy], married Dorothea Neville, daughter of Colonel Gavin Waterfield, died 26th May 1920, and Maud Allgood, born 1870 died on the 15th January 1873 at Blindburn Hall and Bertram Allgood born 11th February 1874, baptised 10th March Simonburn, educated at Eton, Lieutenant in the 1st Battalion Royal Irish Rifles from the 10th August 1895, died 6th December 1914.

George was educated at Rugby and Dr Kennedy's at Brighton, nature of education Classical and Mathematical. Whilst he was the Chief Constable of Northumberland there were some issues about his Police leadership skills and attendence, or lack off.

George was one of 9 children, one of his brothers was the Reverend James Allgood [born 30th June. Nunwick, baptised 2nd July privately, received into the church 1st November 1826, educated Brasenose College, Oxford, matriculated 9th December 1846 B.A. 1850, M.A. 1852, Rector of Ingram 1852 to 1887], who assisted in George's wedding ceremony. Miss Allgood sister to the bridegroom was one of the Bridesmaids. They went to Windermere for their Honeymoon].

General Allgood often worshipped in the church, and gave a large contribution towards its restoration in 1885. Almost the last week of his life he sent with his sister at the 'Hermitage'. His book 'The China War' contains his letters home and the account of his own and others' doings in that war. He took part in no less than 23 engagements during the Indian Mutiny.

Service Number 53, Major-General George Allgood, C.B. (1827-1907), enlisted 27th November 1846 as a Cadet, in to the East India Company, commissioned Ensign, December 1846, leaving for Calcutta on the 20th December, by Oriental Steamer departing from Southampton. Lieutenant, September 1848, served with the 49th Bengal Native Infantry during the Second Sikh War at the siege and capture of Mooltan, and the action of Soorajkhoond (slightly wounded, Medal with clasp), served with the Quarter Master General's Department as A.Q.M.G. to General Sir Colin Campbell throughout the Indian Mutiny 1857-59, and was present at the Relief of Lucknow, including the storming of the Sekunderbagh and the Shah Nujeef, the Battle of Cawnpore (slightly wounded) the action at Kala Nuddee the Siege and Capture of Lucknow the battle of Bareilly, and the affair at Shahjehanpore, served on during the Oude Campaign, and present at he engagements at Doondea Khera, Burjeedia, Musjeedia, and Ruptee (several times Mentioned in Despatches, Brevet of Major, Medal with two clasps), served as D.Q.M.G. to General Sir John Michel during the China Campaign 1860, and was present at the capture of the Taku Forts, and in the advance on and occupation of Pekin (Mentioned in Despatches, Brevet of Lieutenant Colonel, Medal with two clasps), served in the Umbeyla Campaign with the Peshawur Valley Field Force as A.Q.M.G., and was present at the capture of the Crag Picquet (slightly wounded, Mentioned in Despatches, Medal with clasp, and appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath), on the 5th August 1864, promoted Colonel, April 1868, Major-General, on the 20th December 1866, and retired on the 1st November 1869, Honorary Rank Major General 17th November 1869.

George also wrote the official despatches of the Indian Mutiny for the then Lord Campbell.

George Allgood died on the 19th October 1906. In his will he left effects of £41064 7s 1d to Reverend James Allgood, Anne Jane Allgood born 22nd February 1829, spinster and Alfred Major Allgood, born 15th August 1866.

Footnote : A collection of twelve albums representing the output of Camille Silvy’s (1834-1910) photographic portrait studio based at 38 Porchester Terrace, Bayswater, London. Compiled by the studio, each album is arranged almost entirely chronologically and in sitter number order. Each page is divided into a grid of four sections with each section featuring one carte-de-visite sized albumen print from the sittings, pasted beneath the sitter number and a handwritten identification of the photograph’s subject.

Source : National Portrait Gallery.

History of the Allgoods
National Portrait Gallery

Lieutenant G Allgood 'China Wars'