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Agnew, Patrick Alexander Vans (1822–1848), East India Company servant, was born at Raipur in Chhattisgarh in central India on 21 April 1822, the second son of Patrick Vans Agnew (1783–1842), lieutenant-colonel in the Madras army and afterwards a director of the East India Company...

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Atkinson, Richard (1739–1785), merchant and director of the East India Company, was born in Westmorland on 10 March 1739 and baptized on 5 April at St James's Church, Temple Sowerby, Westmorland. He was the third son of Matthew Atkinson of Temple Sowerby and his wife, ...

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Sir David Miller Barbour (1841–1928) by Walter Stoneman, 1917 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Barbour, Sir David Miller (1841–1928), administrator in India and writer on monetary issues, was born at Omagh, co. Tyrone, Ireland, on 29 December 1841, the fifth child of Miller Barbour and his wife, Margaret Denny, into an established family of farmers and small landowners at ...

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Black, Sir Robert Brown [Robin] (1906–1999), colonial administrator, was born at 1 Ponton Street, Edinburgh, on 3 June 1906, the son of Robert Black, superintendent of a boys' home, and his wife, Catherine, née Bonar. From childhood onwards he was known as Robin...

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Campbell, Sir James Macnabb (1846–1903), administrator in India and ethnologist, born at Partick, Lanarkshire, on 4 October 1846, was the son of John McLeod Campbell (1800–1872), Church of Scotland minister and theologian, and his wife, Mary Campbell. His brother Donald (d. 1909)...

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Chapman, Sir Stephen Remnant (1776–1851), army officer and colonial official, eldest son of Richard Chapman of Tainfield House, near Taunton, Somerset, and Mary, daughter of Stephen Remnant, was born at Tainfield House. After attending the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, he was commissioned second lieutenant, ...

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Clarke, Sir Marshal James (1841–1909), colonial administrator and army officer, born at Shronell, co. Tipperary, on 18 October 1841, was the eldest son of the Revd Mark Clarke (1809–1848) of Shronell and his wife, Maria Hill. Educated at a private school in Dublin...

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Close, Sir Barry, baronet (1756–1813), army officer in the East India Company and political officer in India, was born on 3 December 1756 at Elm Park, co. Armagh, the third son in the family of four sons and five daughters of Maxwell Close (...

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Des Barres, Joseph Frederick Wallet (1721–1824), hydrographer and colonial official, was born in November 1721, either in Basel, Switzerland, or in Paris, the eldest child of Joseph-Léonard Vallet des Barres, a Huguenot, and his wife, Anne-Catherine, née Cuvier. He was baptized Joseph-Frédéric Vallet...

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Ducarel, Gerard Gustavus (1745–1800), East India Company servant, was born on 15 April 1745 in London, the youngest of the four children of Adrian Coltée Ducarel (1718–1745), a merchant and director of the South Sea Company, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Hamilton (1719–1792)...

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Edgeworth, Michael Pakenham (1812–1881), botanist and East India Company servant, was born on 24 May 1812 at Edgeworthstown, co. Longford, Ireland, the youngest in a family of two sons and four daughters of Richard Lovell Edgeworth (1744–1817), educationist and improver, and his fourth wife, ...

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Edmonstone, Neil Benjamin (1765–1841), East India Company servant, was born on 6 December 1765, the fifth and youngest son of Sir Archibald Edmonstone, first baronet (1717–1807), of Duntreath, and his first wife, Susanna Mary Harenc (d. 1776). His father was MP for ...

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Elliot, Sir Charles (1801–1875), naval officer and colonial official, son of Hugh Elliot (1752–1830) and his second wife, Margaret Jones (1770–1819), and nephew of Gilbert Elliot, first earl of Minto, was born in 1801 at Dresden, where his father was British minister. Sir Thomas Frederick Elliot...

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Elliot, Sir Henry Miers (1808–1853), administrator in India and historian, was the third son, one of fifteen children, of John Elliot, colonel-commandant of the Westminster Volunteers, who had married a daughter of John Coakley Lettsom. Elliot attended Winchester College from the age of ten. Though destined for ...

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Fletcher, Sir Henry, first baronet (1727?–1807), politician and director of the East India Company, was the seventh child of John Fletcher of Clea Hall, Cumberland, and his second wife, Isabella, daughter and coheir of John Senhouse of Netherhall, Cumberland. He joined the naval service of the ...

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Grant, Charles (1746–1823), director of the East India Company and philanthropist, was born in March 1746 at Aldourie farmhouse, Glen Urquhart, his mother's home, on Loch Ness in Inverness-shire in the highlands of Scotland. He was the third of seven children born to ...

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Gregory, Robert (1729?–1810), director of the East India Company and politician, was born in co. Galway, Ireland. Little is known of his background other than that he was the son of Henry Gregory of Galway and his wife, Mary, daughter of Robert Shaw...

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Haldimand, Sir Frederick (1718–1791), army officer and colonial official, was born at Yverdon, Switzerland, the second of four children of François-Louis Haldimand, an administrator in Yverdon, and his wife, Marie-Madeleine de Treytorrens. Haldimand sought a career in the Prussian army, and first saw action at the battles of ...