Wonder where this is?

Hello Delhi lovers! In the mood for a little quiz? Tell us where this church is, and its name please.

HINT-this ain’t nowhere in Europe!


Latest update: This is the St. James Church near the Kashmiri Gate of Delhi. It is one of the oldest churches in Delhi, built in 1836 by Col James Skinner, who lies buried inside under the Communion Table. It used to be the church for the Viceroy of India. The garden has several beautiful tombstones, housing the graves of Skinner’s several wives and children. William Fraser, one of the British Commissioners of Delhi and a friend of Skinner, is also buried in the front garden.

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10 Comments Add yours

  1. Naushirvan says:

    I think it is St. James’ Church. James Skinner and Thomas Metcalfe are buried here. I read about it in William Dalrymple’s book THE LAST MUGHAL.

    1. wanderfool says:

      You are correct! Do checkout the updated article above!

  2. Giovanni says:

    Hmmm…several wives. Who was this fellow? And what makes him important?

    1. wanderfool says:

      James Skinner (1778-1841) was an Anglo-Indian raised in India, son of a Scottish officer of the East India Company and a Rajput princess. This half-and-half identity had many bearings on the life and career of this exemplary soldier. Color prejudice among the British in India was on the rise, so no one with mixed parentage was permitted to join the British army. Skinner therefore joined the arch enemies of the British- the Maratha army. He was a brilliant soldier, but despite his many achievements there he was ousted from the Maratha army when the Anglo-Maratha War broke out in 1803. Eventually he was allowed to join the East India Company forces and raise an irregular cavalry unit, which was like a guerrilla warfare unit. Many brilliant achievements later Skinner’s Horse as the regiment was called, was absorbed into the British India Army. It is still an active unit in the Indian Army.
      As for the statement on many wives, well at that point in history polygamy was fairly common, among men at least.

      1. Giovanni says:

        Thank you for your capsule summary about this man. Is polygamy practiced to any degree in India nowadays? I suspect not, but I’m curious.

        1. wanderfool says:

          Marriage laws in India are dependent on one’s religion. While Hindus, Jains and Sikhs are explicitly prohibited, Muslim men are allowed up to four wives per the Sharia, but such marriages are few and far between.

  3. Giovanni says:

    I understand that Thomas, the apostle, came to India 2000 years ago to spread Christianity. Is there a church of Thomas somewhere in Delhi or in another part of India?

    1. wanderfool says:

      Saint Thomas preached mostly in South India (Delhi is in the North), prominently in the areas near the Malabar Coast. There is an ancient belief that his mortal remains are buried in a church at Mylapore in South India.

      1. Giovanni says:

        Thank you. Do you or any of your readers know of any reputable books which speak of his ministry in India?

        1. wanderfool says:

          Hi Giovanni…let me look it up for you, I don’t really know much on the subject. And let’s hope some of the readers on this blog are able to help you!

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