Friends of Hastings Cemetery

Donald & Eliza Butter and son, Arthur

Dundee, Perth, and Cupar Advertiser - Friday 23 March 1849
Died, at Hastings on the 20th instant, Eliza, wife of Donald Butter, Esq., M.D, Civil Surgeon, Benares.  Friends will please accept this intimation.

From Allens Indian Mail:  Butter, D. Butter, M.D., F.R.M.S., F.R.G.S., Inspector gen. of Hospitals, Bengal Retired List, at Hazlewood, Upper Norwood, Dec. 24, aged 78

Morning Post - Thursday 04 August 1887
BUTTER.— On the 30th ult., at Teddington, Arthur Donald Butter, major-general H.M.'s Indian Army, aged forty-eight.

Donald was born in Perth, Scotland.  He and Eliza Morison were married in Bengal on 27th December 1925.  They had six children, all born in India; Charlotte, Donald Henry, Isabella,  Eliza Frances, Anna Maria and Arthur Donald. Donald Henry, born in January 1833, died some months later.

In 1839 he wrote a much cited book, Outlines of the Topography and Statistics of the Southern Districts of Oudh. His career advanced until 1850 when ther was a setback of some significance.

Bombay Gazette - Friday 24 May 1850 - Court Martial
…. on Friday, the 12th day of April 1850, Surgeon Donald Butter, M. D., of the medical department, was arraigned on the following charge : For conduct highly unbecoming the character of an Officer and a Gentleman in the following instances.     

The three charges related to fraud as a director,voting on shares not paid for, signed the Driectors’ false reports on the the state of the bank what amounts to insider trading.

Finding.—The Court having maturely weighed and considered the evidence brought forward in support of the prosecution, together with that adduced on the defence, are of opinion, that the prisoner Surgeon Donald Butter, M. D., of the Medical Department, is Guilty of the first instance of the charge. Guilty of the second instance of the charge.  Guilty of the third instance of the charge, with the exception of the words, " during the month of December 1848," as the Court find the shares were cancelled on 15th January 1849, with effect from the Ist of August 1848.


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