GORDON (d. 1837), often miscalled Carron, an Anglo-Indian, entered the service of Mahārājā Raṇjīt Siṅgh in 1820 as an infantry instructor on a salary of Rs 500 per month. Later, he was put in command of a battalion of artillery. In July 1822, his battalion received approbation from Allard and Ventura and was ultimately incorporated in the Fauj-ī-Khās. Gordon was now Charged with raising a new cavalry regiment to be called Akāl Regiment. In November 1829, he was reprimanded by Raṇjīt Siṅgh and imprisoned for nine months for using insolent language at a target-practice exercise. At the end of his imprisonment, the Mahārājā offered him command of an infantry battalion. He refused to accept it, and was dismissed from service. He expressed regrets and was reinstated in 1833 as commander of the Najīb battalion. He was killed in action in the battle of Jamrūd (1837).


    Grey, C., European Adventurers of Northern India, 1785 -1849. Patiala, 1970

Gulcharan Siṅgh