BOWSER SIR THOMAS 1748-1833
Born 1748 at Kirkby Thore Westmorland; educated at Appleby Grammar School: entered the EI Co's Army at 24: at the taking of Tanjore in 1733: for 3 years engaged in the capture of forts in the N Sircars: at the siege of Pondicherry, 1778: in the Guntur Sircar campaign, 1779: as a Lieutenant in Sir Hector Munro's army in 1780, sent to help Col Baillie and with him, taken prisoner by Hyder Ali in the Perambakam disaster, Sept 1780: confined at Seringapatam 3 years and 8 months: loaded with irons for 3 years and 4 months: liberated 1784: To England for 3 years.
Published his Memoirs of the Late War in Asia: served under Medows in 1792, at the storming of Dindigul: given by Cornwallis the command of a sepoy battalion: served under General Braithwaite at the seige of Pondicherry, 1798: employed against the Raja of Ramnad: effected the reduction of Ceylon, 1796: took fort Calpentein and Colombo: sent to reduce the French force under Perron at Hyderabad: at Seringapatum May 4 1799: stormed the fortress of Gooty: commanded from Hyderabad a mixed force joining Colonel A Wellesley against Doondia Waugh: to England 1803.
Again to India in 1820: commanded Mysore Division: was temporarily C in C of Madras Army 1824-6 on the death of Sir Alexander Campbell: retired May 1826: was a Lieut-General and KCB: died June 1833.
Dictionary of Indian Biography