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Presidency: Bombay
Coordinates: 15°51'00.0"N 74°30'00.0"E
Altitude: 762 m (2,500 ft)
Present Day Details
Place Name: Belgaum
State/Province: Karnataka
Country: India
Transport links
Southern Mahratta Railway
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places of interest during the British period

Belgaum came under the control of the British in 1818 at the end of the 3rd Maratha War when the Maratha empire was broken up. It was the headquarters of Belgaum District in the Southern division of Bombay Presidency during the British period.

A cantonment was located there.

Spelling variants

Modern name: Belgaum
Variants: Belgaon, Belgam

Military history

Siege of Belgaum 1818

Interior St Mary's Church, Belgaum


St Mary's Church, Belgaum Bombay Diocesan Trust

Internment Camp

There was an internment camp in Belgaum for German and Austrian civilians during the First World War. For more details see POW Camps in India

External links

Historical books online

Life in Western India by Mrs Guthrie published 1881 Volume I, Volume II Archive,org
The author is stated to be Katharine [or more accurately Katherine] Blanche Guthrie. It appears she was staying in India with her daughter Margaret and her daughter's husband, Major William Augustus Gillespie,[2] Staff Corps, Deputy Assistant Adjutant-General (for Musketry), Belgaum.[3] It is stated his garden was the "finest in Belgaum".


  1. Frogsmile Barrack Room Belgaum Victorian Wars Forum 20 November 2014. Retrieved 23 November 2014
  2. Page 155 An history of the original Parish of Whalley, and honor of Clitheroe, to which is subjoined an account of the Parish of Cartmell, Volume 2, 4th ed. rev. and enl. by Thomas Whitaker 1876
  3. Page 414 The India List Civil and Military January 1876 Google Books.