General Sir John Miller Adye, GCB
(1819-1900)
British general, son of Major James P. Adye, was born at Sevenoaks,
Kent, on 1 November 1819. He entered the Royal Artillery in 1836, was
promoted to captain in 1846, and served throughout the Crimean War
as brigade-major and assistant adjutant-general of artillery (awarded
C.B., brevets of major and lieutenant-colonel).In the Indian rebellion
of 1857 he served on the staff in a similar capacity. Promoted
brevet-colonel in 1860, he was specially employed in 1863 in the
Northwest frontier of the India campaign, and was
Deputy-Adjutant-General, Bengal, from 1863 to 1866, when he
returned home. From 1870 to 1875 Adye was Director of Artillery and
Stores at the War Office. He was made a K.C.B. in 1873, and was
promoted to be major-general and appointed governor of the Royal
Military Academy, Woolwich, in 1875, and surveyor-general of the
ordnance in 1880.
In 1882 he was chief of staff and second in command of the expedition
to Egypt, and served throughout the campaign (awarded G.C.B. and
thanks of Parliament). He held the government of Gibraltar from 1883
to 1886.At some time in his career he became good friends with both
William Armstrong and Stuart Rendel, so much so that his daughter,
Winifreda, married the former's grand-nephew and heir, William
Henry Watson-Armstrong in 1889. His other daughter, Evelyn Violet,
was to become John Meade Falkner's wife on 18 October 1899. His
son, Sir John Adye, would become a Major-General.
Adye was also a writer, describing his experiences in such works as A
Review of the Crimean War (1859), Sitana: a Mountain Campaign on
the Borders of Afghanistan in 1863, and Recollections of A Military
Life (1895).


Buried in All Saints Parish Church, Rothbury.