|Left: The mounted photograph of Lt. John Keith, R.A. and the newspaper
clipping taken from an album/scrapbook relating to his death under the
jaws and claws of a wounded tiger.
John Keith was born about 1840 in Old Machar, Aberdeen, Scotland the
third son of Dr. William Keith and the former Miss Burnette Silver.
Keith was commissioned into the Royal Artillery on 1 April 1861 and was
assigned to the 13th Brigade, 8th Battery in Secunderabad, India on in
May of the same year. He sailed from Gravesend aboard the steamer
Hydaspes on 16, June 1861. His military career being abruptly cut short he
was never promoted nor did he seen any active service in the field.
His obituary appeared in the 27 April (no year) edition of the Central India
Times and an abbreviated version showed up in the Saturday, 8 June, 1867
issue of the Times (London).
Keith came from a large family of five brothers all of who served in the
Colonel William Keith, Royal Engineers, Born - 4 October, 1836 Aberdeen,
Scotland. Died - 5 May, 1891, London, England.
Colonel George Silver Keith, Madras Staff Corps, Born - 3 September,
1838 Aberdeen, Scotland. Died 18 September, 1887 Madras, India.
Lieutenant John Keith, Royal Artillery, Born 13 November, 1839
Aberdeen, Scotland. Died 24 April, 1867 Nagpore, India.
Colonel James Keith D.S.O., Royal Artillery, Born 5 November, 1842,
Aberdeen, Scotland. Died 5 February, 1919, London, England.
Surgeon Alexander Crombie Keith M.B., C.M., Born 11 December 1849,
Aberdeen, Scotland. Died 13 January, 1880 at Sherpur near Kabul, from
pneumonia, caused by exposure during the campaign in Afghanistan.
Thanks to Mr. Neil G. Smith for providing some of the additional Keith
family genealogical information.
Partial Album/Scrapbook Page
Paper, Albumen photograph and Newsprint
Overall Size - 4 1/8 Inches by 10 Inches
(10.6cm x 24.8cm)
|Above: A detailed scan of the carte de visite sized photograph of Lieutenant Keith of the Royal Artillery most likely taken after his commissioning
or perhaps just prior to his ultimately fatal deployment to India.
2 3/8 inches by 3 3/4 inches
(6 x 9.5 cm)
Unknown Date c. 1861
Below: The newspaper clipping from the Central India Times dated 27 April  recounting Lieutenant Keith's ill fated hunting expedition
and the unpleasant circumstances of his untimely death.
2 7/8 inches by 5 3/4 inches
(7.5 cm x 15 cm)
April 27 (1867)