The recipient of this box was Major John Yardley Bradford (1759-1841) of the East India Company’s service. He was born in the City of London on 29 December 1759, the son of Thomas Bradford (1721-1773) and his wife, Susannah (née Killet, 1732?-1773) and baptised at St. Bride’s, Fleet Street on 27 January 1760. He died unmarried on 8 April 1841 at his residence in Montague Square, Marylebone.
The box was given to Major Bradford by Colonel (later Brigadier General) Miles Nightingale (1768-1829) who had a long military career and who in December 1808 was made commander-in-chief of New South Wales. Ill-health prevented him taking up the post, however, and he eventually returned to England where he was M.P. for Eye, Suffolk from 1820 until his death. He was knighted in January 1815 and died on 17 September 1829.
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