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Robert Beatty was born in 1836 in Lisburn, Co Down. His father, David, was a tanner and currier, who was also a Justice of the Peace. Robert was the eldest of David’s three surviving sons – all of whom served in India, two in the army. As Grandad Beatty, too, had been in the leather trade, Beatty’s only escape from the curry business was to flee to India, where he joined the Madras Native Infantry.
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