General Duff Case Study: Madeira

General Duff Case Study: Madeira

Madeira Lying off the coast of Africa and under Portuguese rule (a longstanding ally of Britain), Madeira was in an ideal position for ships heading…

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Osterley Case Study: Winds of Trade

Osterley Case Study: Winds of Trade

The Child family’s interest in East India Company sea trade was carried forward through their investment in shipping. Company ships were instrumental in the network…

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Osterley Case Study: Family Commerce

Osterley Case Study: Family Commerce

Three generations of the Child family at Osterley, much like the Taylor brothers who are illustrated left, were intimately involved in the East India Company….

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Warfield Park Case Study: A Country House of One’s Own

Warfield Park Case Study: A Country House of One’s Own

When returning to England, how did East India Company officials and their families marry the England they imagined to that they were greeted with? For…

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Aske Hall Case Study: India Goods and the Importance of Kerse

Aske Hall Case Study: India Goods and the Importance of Kerse

India Goods & The Importance of Kerse Yet where in this story of interior decoration are the exotic Asian goods that exist at Aske Hall…

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The Indian Seal Case Study: The Reunion

The Indian Seal Case Study: The Reunion

On 7 April 1978 Dr Nandy wrote to the 9th Baronet to introduce himself as the biographer of his ancestor, Cantoo Baboo, and the two…

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The Indian Seal Case Study: The Cossimbazar Raj

The Indian Seal Case Study: The Cossimbazar Raj

From his first purchase of property (the produce of a jack fruit tree) in 1742 at the age of 22, Cantu (“brought up in a…

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The Indian Seal Case Study: The Banian

The Indian Seal Case Study: The Banian

“A Banyan is a person…by whom the English gentlemen in general conduct all their business.  He is interpreter, head book-keeper, head secretary, head broker, the…

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The Indian Seal Case Study: The Owner

The Indian Seal Case Study: The Owner

Francis Sykes (1730-1804) arrived in India for the second and last time with Robert Clive on 3 May 1765 after a tedious eleven month voyage. …

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Swallowfield Park Case Study: The Russells of Swallowfield Park

Swallowfield Park Case Study: The Russells of Swallowfield Park

The Russell family purchased Swallowfield Park in the mid 1820s. By 1826 they had begun to renovate the house. This section gives an overview of…

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