Dehra Dun

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Dehra Dun
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Presidency: Bengal
Coordinates: 30°20′N 78°04′E
Altitude: 399 m (1,309 ft)
Present Day Details
Place Name: Dehradun
State/Province: Uttarakhand
Country: India
Transport links
Hardwar-Dehra Railway

For the town in Himachal Pradesh, see Dehra.

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places of interest during the British period
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Dehra Dun was the headquarters of Dehra Dun District in the Meerut Division of United Provinces during the British period. It is the present day state capital of Uttarakhand. The city is often referred to simply as Dehra. The cantonment Clement Town is adjacent.

"Dehra lies on the road connecting Mussooree with the plains and is 42 miles from Saharanpur, the same from Rurki and 14 miles from Mussooree"[1]

Spelling Variants

Modern name: Dehra Dun
Variants: Deyrah Dhoon/Dehra Doon/Dehra/Dehradun


  • St Francis Catholic Church
  • St Thomas Church built 1840 (Well known singer Cliff Richard was christened here in 1940) [2]
  • St George's Church
  • Morrison Memorial church (Presbyterian)
  • St John the Evangelist Church (Methodist)
  • Reformed Presbyterian Church


Dehra Dun was the terminus of the Hardwar-Dehra Railway.


The schools article lists a number of Dehra institutions.

Volunteer Regiment


  • A BACSA (British Association for Cemeteries in South Asia) cemetery publication is
  • Dehra Dun - Chandranagar Cemetery by Aylmer Jean Galsworthy, 1993. Inscriptions and biographical notes: graves listed by year of death (1820-1912), and endowments (1888-1951). Also lists of army personnel, civilians, stonemasons, etc. 144pp, 20 illustrations and plans. See BACSA Books.

BACSA are in the process of putting the indexes to its cemetery books online and these indexes are free to search and browse, see the Fibiwiki page BACSA. If an indexed name is of interest then application can be made to BACSA for details of the relevant burial inscription - charges apply for this service.

FamilySearch have digitised the above BACSA book, which has restricted access, but which may be viewed on a FamilySearch computer at a FamilySearch Centre. Catalogue entry. For more information, see FamilySearch Centres. Update June 2018. It appears that FamilySearch digital viewing is no longer possible. To be clarified.

External links

Historical books online

  • The Himalayan Districts of the North Western Provinces of India Volumes I, II and III by Edwin T Atkinson published 1882, 1884, 1886 as Volumes X, XI, XII of Statistical, descriptive and historical account of the North-Western Provinces of India Volume I/Volume X, Volume II/Volume XI,Volume III/Volume XII Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek
    • The Himalayan Gazetteer or the Himalayan Districts of the North Western Provinces of India by Edwin T Atkinson in 3 Volumes (6 Parts) is available, in a reprint edition. Covers the regions of Kumaon and Garhwal. This area is now the state of Uttarakhand. Volume 1, part 1 Contents digital page 12; Volume 1, part 2 Contents dp 12, Index dp 536; Volume 2, part 1 Contents dp18; Volume 2, part 2 Contents dp 16 Index dp 458, includes History of the British in the area; Volume 3, part 1 Contents dp 10 Place names A-J; Volume 3, part 2 Contents dp 8 Place names K-Z. Vol. 1, Part 1 (handle/2015/95851); Vol. 1, Part 2 (handle/2015/97345); Vol. 2, Part 1 (handle/2015/95852); Vol. 2, Part 2 (handle/2015/96527); Vol. 3, Part 1 (handle/2015/95853); Vol. 3, Part 2 (handle/2015/95854). Additional files are available for Volume 3.
    Originally from the Digital Library of India. with mirror versions on for Himalayan Gazetteer. If you have problems locating the above volumes, use the final number as a search term, example 2015.95851
  • Dehra appears in Volume 3, Part 1, page 189.


  1. Himalayan Gazetteer Volume 3, Part 1, actual page 189, computer page 202
  2. Doon Churches Tell a Tale