86th Regiment land at Madras, India.

Friday, 10 May, 1799

The 86th, having been stationed at the Cape of Good Hope from 1797-98, embarked for India in February 1799, landing at Madras on 10 May. The Regiment's strength on disembarkation was some 1,300.

However, the Fourth Anglo-Mysore War had effectively been concluded when earlier in May, at the siege of Seringapatam, Sultan Tipu of Mysore's force was defeated and Tipu killed. Therefore, the 86th Regiment remained in Madras for only one month before embarking for Bombay.