James Rivett-Carnac

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For the Royal Navy officer, see James Rivett-Carnac (Royal Navy officer).

Sir James Rivett-Carnac, 1st Baronet (11 November 1784 – 28 January 1846) was the governor of the Bombay Presidency of British India from 1839 to 1842. 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).

Born in Bombay in 1784,[1] Carnac served the East India Company in India from 1801[2] and was a director of the Company for various periods between 1827 and 1838.[3][4] He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in May 1838.[5]

He was Member of Parliament (MP) for Sandwich from 1837 to 1839, and was made a baronet in 1836.[6]

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.


  1. ^ Terence R. Blackburn, Justice for the Raja of Sattara? (APH Publishing, 2007) p. 139
  2. ^ The Wellesley Papers: The Life and Correspondence of Richard Colley Wellesley, Marquess Wellesley, 1760-1842 vol 2 (H. Jenkins, 1914) p. 316
  3. ^ 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
  4. ^ 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
  5. ^ "Library and Archive Catalogue". Royal Society. Retrieved 21 December 2010. 
  6. ^ The London Gazette: no. 19359. p. 358. 23 February 1836.

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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