Major General William KIRKPATRICK, ,the Orientalist,of the East India Company

Male 1756 - 1812  (56 years)


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  • Name William KIRKPATRICK 
    Prefix Major General 
    Suffix ,the Orientalist,of the East India Company 
    Born 1756  Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 22 Aug 1812  Exeter, Devonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Ref:The European magazine, and London review, Volumes 61-62,for January 1812,by Philological Society (Great Britain).

      Ref:Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette Somerset, England 3 Sep 1812
    Notes 
    • William was supposedly the child of a liaison between Col. James Kirkpatrick and the wife of a friend,a Mrs Booth(the sister of a well known anarchist).In his book "White Moghals", William Dalrymple records that William was born in Ireland ,and raised in an Irish boarding school. His father supported him and later paid for a military cadetship.

      He joined the East India Company as a cadet in 1771 at 17, promoted to Captain in 1781 and Major in 1790. In 1793, he was appointed Aide-de-Camp to the Governor General, Sir John Shore, and was dispatched as an envoy to Nepal, to mediate between the Nepalese, the Tibetans and the Chinese. In 1795, he was appointed Resident at Hyderabad, and was charged by Richard Wellesley with finding out as much as possible about Tipu , his policies and strategy. This was vital to Wellesley as he planned his strategies in India. During the Fourth Mysore War, Kirkpatrick was seconded to General Harris as his Persian Interpreter, and after the Fall of Seringapatam, was Military Secretary to Lord Mornington. With Henry Wellington, Kirkpatrick was a member of the 5-strong Commission appointed to broker the final settlement.

      William founded the Calcutta Orphan Society in 1783, which built two homes (for the mixed-race children) .The Military Orphan School was originally built about 1767 as a rum distillery by John Levett, Esq., Mayor of Calcutta, and was later known as "Levett's Gardens," but was later converted in 1782 by William.

      Sadly William eventually became addicted to Opium, which he took as medication,and he finally returned home to Exeter ,in failing health ,in 1807.
    Person ID I8364  Kirkpatrick Family Archives
    Last Modified 21 Sep 2016 

    Father Colonel,later Maj.General James KIRKPATRICK, "The Handsome",Commander of Horse, the Madras Army,   b. 1731,   d. 28 Mar 1818, Hollydale, Keston Common, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Mother Mrs BOOTH,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F2892  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Maria Seton PAWSON, ,daughter of George Pawson,wine merchant of London,   b. 1766, London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 26 Sep 1785  Calcutta, India Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Cecilia KIRKPATRICK,   b. 1783, Calcutta, India Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Maria Clementina KIRKPATRICK,   b. 1786,   d. 7 Dec 1861, Eaton Place, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
     3. Barbara Isabella KIRKPATRICK,   b. 1788, Fort William-Calcutta, West Bengal, India Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Mar 1849  (Age 61 years)
     4. Eliza KIRKPATRICK,   b. 1790,   d. 12 Dec 1828  (Age 38 years)
     5. Julia Woodbine KIRKPATRICK,   b. 3 Feb 1791, St Mary Marylebone, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Nov 1847  (Age 56 years)
    Last Modified 5 Apr 2013 
    Family ID F2898  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart




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