James Rivett-Carnac

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James Rivett Carnac by Francis Leggatt Chantrey (1839)

Sir James Rivett-Carnac, 1st Baronet (11 November 1784 – 28 January 1846)[citation needed] was the Governor of the Bombay Presidency of British India from 1838 to 1841, during the period of Company Rule.[1] His family name came about in 1801, when his father was made testamentary by his brother-in-law General John Carnac, husband of Elizabeth Rivett (1751–1780).[citation needed]

Born in Bombay in 1784,[2] Carnac served the East India Company in India from 1801[3] and was a director of the Company for various periods between 1827 and 1838.[4][5] He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in May 1838.[6]

Rivett-Carnac was Member of Parliament (MP) for Sandwich from 1837 to 1839,[citation needed] and was made a baronet in 1836.[7] He succeeded Robert Grant as Governor of Bombay Presidency after the latter's death on 9 July 1838.[8]

Rivett-Carnac is the ancestor of the Rivett-Carnac baronets, of whom the most well-known member today is the bag designer Lulu Guinness (born 1960), daughter of the last baronet.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ Wintle, Claire (2013). Colonial Collecting and Display: Encounters with Material Culture from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Berghahn Books. p. 77. ISBN 978-0-85745-942-8. 
  2. ^ Terence R. Blackburn, Justice for the Raja of Sattara? (APH Publishing, 2007) p. 139
  3. ^ The Wellesley Papers: The Life and Correspondence of Richard Colley Wellesley, Marquess Wellesley, 1760-1842 vol 2 (H. Jenkins, 1914) p. 316
  4. ^ C.H. & D. Philips, 'Alphabetical List of Directors of the East India Company from 1758 to 1858', in Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society October 1941
  5. ^ Charles Campbell Prinsep, Record of Services of the Honourable East India Company's Civil Servants in the Madras Presidency, from 1741 to 1858 (1885) p. xxii
  6. ^ "Library and Archive Catalogue". Royal Society. Retrieved 21 December 2010. 
  7. ^ "No. 19359". The London Gazette. 23 February 1836. p. 358. 
  8. ^ Kulkarni, Sumitra (1995). The Satara Raj, 1818-1848: A Study in History, Administration, and Culture. Mittal Publications. p. 27. ISBN 978-8-17099-581-4. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Samuel Grove Price
Sir Edward Troubridge, Bt
Member of Parliament for Sandwich
With: Sir Edward Troubridge, Bt
Succeeded by
Rufane Shaw Donkin
Sir Edward Troubridge, Bt
Political offices
Preceded by
Robert Grant
Governor of Bombay
Succeeded by
George William Anderson