The Mutiny at the Margins series takes a fresh look at the revolt of 1857 from original and unusual perspectives, focusing in particular on neglected socially marginal groups and geographic areas which have hitherto tended to be unrepresented in studies of this cataclysmic event in British imperial and Indian historiography.

A Petition for Clemency from a Transported Mutineer

A petition for clemency from a transported mutineer

IN late 1857, the Indian Government received a petition from Bheem Pauray, late Subadar of 7th Regiment Bengal Native Infantry, who was under a sentence of life transportation. There are many such petitions in India Office files, reflecting the numerous cases wherein sepoys who did not return to their posts were considered to have joined the ranks of the mutineers. The reply, given on 2 January 1858 to his legal counsel G.S. Fagan, was that the Governor General in Council ‘will not interfere’.

Bheem Pauray, Petition Written from Alipur Jail

He was absent from Dinapore, on leave, when his own and the other two Native Regiments cantoned at that station broke ...

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