Scots Almanack for 1801 with some details of the East India establishment.


The Universal Scots Almanack, for the year 1801… dedicated to the Right Hon. Robert Dundas of Arniston, Lord Advocate of Scotland. Printed by Robert Allan of the Caledonian Mercury [Edinburgh] 1801 1st edition 12mo [5¼ x 2¾ ins]

240pp. Contemporary calf boards, the leather worn with some loss of surface to spine and splitting of the leather from the boards beneath but better than usual and a sound working copy. The work contains a calendar and the usual lists including educational establishments, advocates, courts, Scots peers and baronets, church officials, roads through Scotland, stage coaches, English parliament, Army List [officers by regiment], Royal Navy officers listed down to the rank of Captain and a list of ships in commission with names of their commanders, brief East India details, &c. An interesting view of the country and especially Scotland in the first year of the 19th century and during the Napoleonic Wars: Lord Nelson is listed as a Rear Admiral of the Red. The specifically East Indian section is only 5 pages but much of the remainder of the volume is helpful in giving a contemporary picture of those holding office in the Army, Navy, Parliament, Government, and other institutions. Lord Clive was Governor of Madras at the time of publication. jan31/3

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