Vellore Mutiny Day


In 1806, more than 50 years before the great Revolt of 1857, there was another soldiers’ led mutiny in the south. The Vellore Sepoy mutiny, though short-lived, was bloody and violent. For one long day, soldiers stationed at the historic fort of Vellore took up arms. Though this mutiny seems to have faded from our collective memory, it was indicative of the simmering dissent in the British barracks.

The Vellore Sepoy Mutiny is considered to be the first large-scale mutiny against the British which resulted in over 100 British officers getting wounded or dying. The trigger for this mutiny was also British
highhandedness and the fear that at their heart, the British were trying to convert the soldiers they commanded.