William Rattray of Downie Park Case Study

William Rattray of Downie Park Case Study

This case study focuses on William Rattray (1752-1819) from Angus, who served in the East India Company Army. Almost none of his letters survive. However, Rattray’s will and inventory, his burial records and the house he built can illuminate the life of this man and his wider family. These records reveal Rattray’s strategic use of his domestic interiors to display his Scottish ancestry, Indian career, and Jacobite heritage. They also uncover Rattray’s mixed-race children and that he was buried three times.

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