Josias Du Pre
He joined the civil service of the East India Company in 1752, as a factor, and rose through a succession of positions. He spent a period in England in the 1760s, and married there. He purchased the Wilton Park Estate in Buckinghamshire from the Basil family, in 1760, or around 1770.
Du Pre was Governor of Madras from 1770 to 1773. He was mostly preoccupied with the construction of fortifications there. His authority was circumscribed: Eyre Coote, the military commander, and Sir John Lindsay who had overall command in the East Indies, left him little room in which to operate.
He married Rebecca Alexander, daughter of Nathaniel Alexander and sister of James Alexander, 1st Earl of Caledon, another nabob: Du Pre Alexander, 2nd Earl of Caledon, son of the first Earl, was named after Josias.
Of the children of Josias and Rebecca:
- James Du Pre was a Member of Parliament.
- Eliza married Colonel Brice, and then Rev. John Blackwood, son of Sir John Blackwood, 2nd Baronet.
- Rebecca married Sir Philip Grey Egerton, 9th Baronet; Sir Philip Grey Egerton, 10th Baronet was their son.
- Also Du Pré, Dupré or Dupre.
- Henry Davidson Love. Indian Records Series Vestiges of Old Madras. Mittal Publications. pp. 1–3. GGKEY:GE1U0JNYH0Q. Retrieved 20 April 2012.
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- historyofparliamentonline.org, Porcher, Josias Du Pré (?1761–1820), of Hillingdon House, Mdx. and Winslade House, Devon.
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