This Day in History: 1825-01-19

The Superintendent of Dehra Dun (a role that combined the responsibilities of district officer and magistrate) was the Honourable Frederick John Shore. He was a remarkably energetic man and in his letters he mentions that in January 1825 he was ‘about his labours in the Dehra district of surveying, road-making and opening out the Hardwar, Kansrao and Mohan Passes at which he employed 700-800 convicts under guards of the Sirmoor Battalion.’

The Honourable Frederick Shore in about 1820.  His father, Lord Teignmouth, had been Governor-General of Bengal from 1793-1798.  Frederick was killed at the age of 37 in 1827 at the ‘storming of a Robber Fort in India’.