Ephraim Stannus was born in Camus, County Tyrone. He joined the Bombay army in 1800 and distinguished himself in the Pindari war. From 1823 to 1826 he resided in the Persian Gulf. From 1834 he was the Governor of Addiscombe College. He was knighted in 1837 and became a general in 1838. He died in Addiscombe.