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Major Robert Stuart (c.1812 – June 17, 1901) was an officer of the British Army and veteran of the Crimean War. After the war, he was appointed Vice-Consul at Volosmarker and later Consul at Janinamarker and Consul-General in various locations. He was also a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Societymarker.

Early life

Robert Stuart was born in Irelandmarker in about 1812 to Thomas Stuart (of Whitehall, County Claremarker, and Liffordmarker, County Limerickmarker, the illegitimate son of Thomas Smyth and brother of Major-General Charles Stuart). On June 2 1842 he married Elizabeth Sarah Cathcart, youngest daughter of the Honorable and Reverend Archibald Hamilton Cathcart and Frances Henrietta Fremantle); they had no children. One of Robert's eight brothers was the surgeon and artist James Stuart.

Crimean War and After

Stuart purchased an Ensigncy in the 44th Foot in 1834. Later promoted Lieutenant, he exchanged into the 7th Foot in 1838 and purchased a Captain in 1842. He exchanged into the 41st Foot in 1851 and retired in 1852. However, he served in the Crimean War, rising to the rank of Major, and remained in the region after the war. In 1858 he was appointed Vice-Consul at Volos, and in 1860 was sent to investigate the condition of Christians in Thessaly and Epirus. In 1861 he became Consul at Janinamarker. In 1873 he was made Consul-General for the Russianmarker ports in the Black Seamarker and the Sea of Azofmarker, and was based at Odessamarker - at this time his private secretary was his nephew, William Horwood Stuart. In 1874 he became Consul-General in Haitimarker and Chargé d'Affaires of the Dominican Republicmarker.

In 1856, Stuart led an expedition to the summit of Mount Araratmarker, along with Major Fraser, Rev. Walter Thursby, Mr. Theobald and Mr. Evans.

Later Life, Death, and Legacy

Stuart retired in 1883 and settled in Leamington Spamarker, where he died on June 17, 1901. Two of his nephews, William Horwood Stuart and Charles Leader Justice Stuart, the sons of his brother the Reverend William Stuart (Vicar of Mundonmarker, Essex and Rector of Hazeleighmarker, Essex), also entered the diplomatic service and served around the Black Seamarker, although both also had their careers cut short: Charles drowned in the Danube at Brăilamarker in Romaniamarker in 1885 and William was murdered at Batummarker in Georgiamarker in 1906.


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