Thursday, July 14, 2011

Europeans in Bengal in 1816 and Orphans of Officers in the Bengal Army, 1877-1879

The Families In British India Society (FIBIS) have transcribed more data: a list of almost 450 Europeans in Bengal (it excludes those in military service or in the East India Company and those residing in the town of Calcutta) in 1816 and shows their names and occupations and a list of over 900 orphans of officers in the Bengal Army, 1877-1879 showing the child's name, date of birth, and the name of the officer (presumably always the father) and his rank.

There are a lot of Scottish names in the lists and some unusual occupations (indigo planter, salt agent, chunam merchant) for the Europeans. The dictionary says chunam is a type of plaster used in India, made from lime produced from seashells and sand.

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