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Presidency: Madras
Coordinates: 11.38°N, 76.7°E
Altitude: 2,486 m (8,156 ft)
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Place Name: Udhagamandalam
State/Province: Tamil Nadu
Country: India
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Ootacamund, now frequently known as Ooty (but officially called Udhagamandalam), is a town in the Nilgiri Hills. Ooty was the Madras Presidency summer capital and the headquarters of the Nilgiris District. It was founded in the 1820s by John Sullivan (1788 -1855). Lovedale is an area to the south west of the town where the Lawrence Asylum is located.

The cantonment at Wellington is situated about eight miles from Ootacamund, and one and a half miles north of Coonoor. Until 1860, the cantonment was known as Jackatalla (spelling variants: Jackatallah, Jakkatalla, Jakatala).

Keti (Kaiti) three miles south-east of Ootacamund was the location of a Boer prisoner of war camp from March 1902 to August 1902, when the prisoners were repatriated.[1]

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Modern spelling: Udhagamandalam
Variants: Ootacamund/Ooty/Utakamand

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In respect of snooker, there is also a claim for Jubbulpore, however "Origins of Snooker" (snookerheritage.co.uk) indicates that Ootacamund is more likely.
Issue 11, 12, 13, 14 thequeensownbuffs.com
Issues 12 and 13. His time in India as a Boy Musician from age 15, with the 1st Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment in Gough Barracks in the cantonment of Trimulgherry, and time spent at Wellington
  • 20th Century Barracks in India Includes Wellington. From Photo Gallery: Accommodation for Soldiers and Officers. King's Own Royal Regiment Museum, Lancaster.
Album of Photographs: 1st Battalion, King's Own Royal Regiment, India 1937-40 King's Own Royal Regiment Museum. Includes photographs taken at Wellington.

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Recommended by Peter Moore in Military reading list who says "Selected in England to be trained as an Officer Cadet in Wellington, Southern India..."


  1. Page 332 Madras District Gazetteers: The Nilgiris by W Francis 1908 Archive.org