WYATT, Charles (c.1759-1819), of Foley House, Portland Place, Mdx.
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Family and Education
b. c.1759, s. of William Wyatt (d.1780), steward to Lord Uxbridge in Staffs., and nephew of James Wyatt the architect. m. 29 Oct. 1787 at Calcutta, Charlotte née Greentree, wid. of George Drake, Bombay marines.
Cadet, E.I. Co. (Bengal) 1780, ensign 1780, lt. 1781; lt. (engineers) 1781, capt. 1800; commr. of police 1800; supt. public works 1803; furlough 1804; ret. 1806.
Wyatt went to India in 1781 with the rank of practitioner engineer. There is no evidence that he had any training as an architect, although the Marquess Wellesley later wrote, ‘On my arrival at Fort William in 1798 I selected Captain Wyatt on account of his professional character and experience to carry into execution a plan ... for the improvement of the public buildings of ... Calcutta’. Wyatt’s main achievement was the building of the new Government House which was said to have cost the Company £180,000. In 1804 Wellesley sent Wyatt on furlough with an introductory letter to Grenville desiring that his ‘reception in England should be distinguished by the countenance of my friends’. In an almost identical letter to Pitt, Wel