The Russell family are featured in Swallowfield Park Case Study

RBS Charles Raymond

Charles Raymond and the Raymond family are featured in the Valentines Mansion and Gardens Case Study

portraits of francis sykes

Sir Francis Sykes and the Sykes family are featured in The Indian Seal of Sir Francis Sykes Case Study

The Rattray family are featured in the Downie Park case study.

Sir Lawrence Dundas with his Grandson by Johan Zoffany

Sir Lawrence Dundas and family are featured in the Aske Hall Case Study.


George Anson and the Anson family are featured in the Shugborough Estate Case Study.


Richard Benyon and the Benyon family are featured in the Englefield House Case Study.


John Walsh and the Walsh family are featured, along with the Fowke and Benn-Walsh families in the Warfield Park Case Study.

NPG 1546; William Pitt Amherst, 1st Earl Amherst of Arracan after Arthur William Devis

William Pitt Amherst and the Amherst family are featured in the Montreal Park Case Study.


Edward Harrison and the Harrison family is featured in the Ivory Furniture case study.

Minto house

The Elliott family will feature in the Minto House case study – to be published later this year.


The Cockerell family features in the Sezincote case study – published online in May 2014.

Fulbeck Hall, Lincs

The Fane family will feature in the Fulbeck Hall case study – to be published in 2014.


Osterley Park and House, Middlesex – Home to the Child family

Mains of Carnousie steading

General Patrick Duff of Carnousie, Banffshire, written by Project Associate Alistair Mutch.

Avenue big

Josiah Child and the Wanstead Estate – a case study written by Hannah Armstrong


The William Gamul Farmer case study features Nonsuch Park, Surrey and is written by Penelope Farmer.


The Ships, Steam and Innovation case study explores the life and work of Ardaseer Cursetjee Wadia. Written by Blair Southerden (and Helen Clifford) the study became publically available in May 2014.


Melvill Family Case Study written by David Williams. Published in May 2014.

Nutmeg grater open

Bond Family Members in the East India Company is a case study written by project associate Angela Nutting. It was published online in June 2014.

Wanderings Vol I Frontispiece

Fanny Parks Case Study written by project associate Joanna Goldsworthy. Published online in June 2014.

13. Central Rotunda

‘A Fairy Palace in Devon: Redcliffe Towers, built by Colonel Robert Smith (1787-1873), Bengal Engineers’ was written by Diane James. It was published online in July 2014.

Project Associate suggestions of other families to include

Wendy Wyman (09.05.12)

Person of interest : my ancestors – Luitenant Colonel John Sutherland (Elgin Regiment 67) and his wife Princess Ushrut Hussaini Begum ? Lt. Co. John Sutherland was the Secretary to Governer Gen. of India Sir Charles Theosopholis Metcalfe.

Andrew Grout (02.08.12)

Could I suggest Major Edward Moor (1771–1848) of Bealings House, Great Bealings, nr Woodbridge, Suffolk. His large collection of hindu sculpture (which was illustrated in his important Hindu Pantheon (1810)) is now held by the BM. There was (?is) a ‘hindu’ pyramid in the garden at Bealings decorated with at least one sculpture from taken from Elephanta. The hindu pyramid at Bealings House is Grade II listed: http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/en-285437-garden-ornament-circa-100-yards-east-sou. However, his interest was rather more ‘academic’ than ‘ornamental’.

Nancy Wiseman (07.08.12)

I am working on an ongoing One Name Study for the name Fortnum. This family had close ties to the East India Company and I believe would be a family of interst for this study.

Fortnum (also sometimes spelt Fortnam or Fortnom). The Fortnum family was invloved with the East India Company through importing of teas etc. for Fortnum and Masons. Apparently there were an number of Fortnums on the Companies payroll http://www.fortnumandmason.com/c-359-1700s-fortnum-and-mason.aspx Also, there is portrait done by Tilly Kettle (another tie to the company http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tilly_Kettle) of Colonel John Fortnum, who was in India at this time. http://books.google.ca/books?id=WhK_yEuqgicC&pg=PA154&lpg=PA154&dq=tilly+kettle+fortnum&source=bl&ots=g3IU57imVR&sig=eG-WDHyGbKPawuJxpPnU1qROPpU&hl=en&sa=X&ei=Wb35T9_bNarr0gH3nOy-Bg&ved=0CEYQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=tilly%20kettle%20fortnum&f=false.

Judith Everett (12.01.13)

Person of interest: William Milburn? (I have already mentioned him to Kate.) He wrote a marvellous book called Oriental Commerce about the countries which the EIC traded with. The book was reprinted in the 1990s in Delhi. A great deal is known about his personal life because of all the court cases he was involved in due to his second marriage. He had several wives simultaneously, and it is obvious that he was marrying for money. He went bankrupt at least twice, and documents survive for at least one of the bankruptcies. The bill of sale for his beautiful house in Tottenham, and a very complete inventory, are in the National Archives.


If you have a family that you would like to suggest please contact Kate (eicathome@ucl.ac.uk).

5 Responses

  1. jacqueline Bull
    jacqueline Bull August 11, 2013 at 1:16 pm ·

    One of my Great-great Grandfather,s was a Director of the East India Company.
    His name was John Inglis, he worked at East India House.
    He was also Chairman of the London Docks.
    Unfortunately, I cannot find much information regarding his life etc., which I find strange.
    Regards Jackie.

  2. Kathryn Francis Lindsay
    Kathryn Francis Lindsay December 29, 2013 at 8:59 am ·

    Hello, my 5 x Great Grandfather is Sir Francis Sykes. I am hoping to come to England in 2014 and would like to meet some ancestors of the Sykes Family who are still alive..Any help would be fantastic..Thankyou Kathryn Francis..Australia

  3. Sarah Pearson-Phillips
    Sarah Pearson-Phillips May 4, 2014 at 12:06 am ·

    My great x5 grandfather’s brother was Captain john Sealy born 1733. He was captain of the east india company ship “Northington” He was captain of 3 of the Northington’s 4 voyages. I would like to know how he became captain of this ship as I understand it would have been very difficult to achieve this position.Also I would be very grateful to receive any information about his 1767 voyage which was invested in by Lawrence Dundas, the Director of the Royal Bank of Scotland.
    Many thanks.

  4. Kate Smith
    Kate Smith May 6, 2014 at 5:54 am ·

    Dear Sarah,

    Thanks for your comments. If anyone can help with Sarah’s query – please do get in touch!

    All best,


  5. ambalika
    ambalika July 12, 2014 at 5:43 am ·

    Hi Jacquiline,

    Is this the same John Inglis who was posted in Lucknow, U.P, India and was involved in 1857?


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