JAMES MACRAE, Governor of Madras 1725 – 1731. Privately published annals.


Wheeler, J Talboys: Annals of James Macrae, Esq., Governor of Madras, 1725-1731. Compiled from Official Sources. Graves & Co at the Scottish Press [Madras] 1862. 1st edition 8vo. vii.163pp. Re-cased in original green cloth gilt with spine laid down, a little wear at extremities, new endpapers. The title page notes that this work was “printed for private circulation only”. Macrae was most unusually a man of extremely humble birth who rose to fortune and high position. He was raised by his mother, a widowed washerwoman living in a thatched cottage in Ayrshire. Living near a port the young Macrae took sail for India where he prospered in business and rose to occupy the highest position in southern India.

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