Biography of Robert Blair
Robert Blair matriculated at the University for an Arts course in 1849, attending classes in Greek, Logic, Ethics and Latin over the course of four years. He was made Snell Exhibitioner in 1852-53.
Born at Edinburgh in 1834, eldest son of William, an advocate, Blair entered the Army the year in which he became Snell Exhibitioner.
In 1853 he served as Cornet in the 9th Lancers, and in in 1855 was made Lieutenant during the Indian Mutiny.
On 28 September 1857 he was awarded the Victoria Cross for an act of valour performed while in India, in which which he was severely wounded. Blair was promoted to Captain in the 2nd Dragoon Guards in 1858, but died of smallpox at Cawnpore (Kanpur) on 28 March 1859.