Sir Charles George Arbuthnot, GCB
Occupation Lieutenant General in the Royal Artillery
Spouse Caroline Charlotte Clarke
Children Brig-Gen Alexander George Arbuthnot and others
Relatives Son of Alexander Arbuthnot; nephew of Charles Arbuthnot and General Sir Thomas Arbuthnot and General Sir Robert Arbuthnot; brother of Sir Alexander John Arbuthnot; grandfather of Charles Crombie

Sir Charles George Arbuthnot, GCB was born 19 May 1824 in Killaloe, County Clare, Ireland to Alexander Arbuthnot (1768-1828) and Margaret Phoebe Bingham and died 14 April 1899 of unspecified causes. He married Caroline Charlotte Clarke (c1845-1909) 27 October 1868 in St Pancras, England, United Kingdom.

Sir Charles George Arbuthnot GCB (19 May 1824 – 14 April 1899) was a British Army officer. He served in the Royal Artillery in the Crimean War and rose to become a lieutenant general in British India.

Arbuthnot was a twin, the son of Alexander Arbuthnot, Bishop of Killaloe. His older brother, Alexander John Arbuthnot, became a senior civil servant in India. His half-brother, George Bingham Arbuthnot, was an honorary Major General and Colonel of the Madras Light Cavalry in India. He was educated at Rugby, attended the Royal Military Academy, and was commissioned as second lieutenant in the Royal Artillery on 17 June 1843.

Arbuthnot served in the Crimean War as a captain in the 10th Battalion of the Royal Artillery. He was slightly wounded in minor actions near Sevastopol on 17 June 1855. He received a severe wound on 23 August 1855. He was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB), later advanced to become a Knight Commander of the Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB) and eventually made Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath (GCB) in May 1894.

He went to India in 1868, and was actively employed in the Anglo-Afghan War. On his return to England in 1880, Arbuthnot was appointed deputy adjutant-general of artillery, then inspector-general of artillery, and finally president of the ordnance committee. According to his article in the Dictionary of National Biography[1] "his firmness and justice made him a highly respected administrator"

He returned to India in 1886 as Commander-in-chief of the Madras Army, the army of the Madras Presidency and one of the three major armies that constituted the bulk of British forces in India. He served as senior military adviser for the Madras Presidency until 1890. He was appointed Colonel Commandant Royal Artillery 1893.[2]

Arbuthnot married Caroline Charlotte Clarke on 27 October 1868. She had been born in Barbados in 1845-6, where her father, William Clarke, was a doctor. Their children included Brigadier General Alexander George Arbuthnot, CMG (1917), DSO (1915), Field Artillery. She survived her husband, dying in 1909.


Offspring of Charles George Arbuthnot and Caroline Charlotte Clarke (c1845-1909)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Charles William Arbuthnot (1869-?)
Margaret Georgiana Arbuthnot (1871-1947)
Alexander George Arbuthnot (1873-1961)
Caroline Anne Maude Arbuthnot (1877-1945)
Beatrice Mary Arbuthnot (1879-1948)
Phoebe Janet Arbuthnot (1881-1973) 21 September 1881 Blackheath, England, United Kingdom 15 July 1973 Brisbane, Queensland, Australia David William Alexander Crombie (1874-1957)
Mary Reeve Arbuthnot (1883-1932)
William John Arbuthnot (1885-1917)


  1. ^ E. M. Lloyd, ‘Arbuthnot, Sir Charles George (1824–1899)’, revised. by James Falkner, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (article 608). Oxford University Press, 2004 accessed 11 May 2007 subscription access
  2. ^ London Gazette 26438
  • London Gazette (2 Nov 1855), (4 May 1880), (2 Sept 1887) as cited in DNB
  • J. R. J. Jocelyn, History of the royal artillery (1911) as cited in DNB
  • The Times (18 April 1899) as cited in DNB
  • Mrs P S-M Arbuthnot Memories of the Arbuthnots (1920). George Allen & Unwin Ltd.

NAME Arbuthnot, Charles George
DATE OF BIRTH 19 May 1824
PLACE OF BIRTH Killaloe, Ireland
DATE OF DEATH 14 April 1899

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