Robert Lindsay (Sylhet)
|Supervisor/Superintendent of Sylhet|
|Governor||Warren Hastings, John Macpherson|
|Succeeded by||position abolished|
|District Collector of Sylhet|
|Preceded by||Supervisor of Sylhet|
25 January 1754
|Died||1836 (aged 81–82)|
|Father||James Lindsay, 5th Earl of Balcarres|
|Battles/wars||Muharram Rebellion, Revolt of Radharam, Khasi insurgency|
Robert Lindsay (1754–1836) was a Scottish colonial official and businessman who served as supervisor of Sylhet in British India from 1778 until 1787, and then as district collector from 1787 until 1790. He is known to have taken part in the Muharram Rebellion.
Lindsay was born on 25 January 1754 to the Earl of Balcarres, James Lindsay and Anne Dalrymple. His maternal uncle, Charles Dalrymple got him into the trading lifestyle on a Deptford ship to Cadiz. In 1772, he travelled to India on the Prince of Wales East Indiaman reaching Calcutta in September. Here, he was made an assistant to the Accountant-General of the revenue department and also studied the Persian language. On the autumn of 1776, he went on a voyage to the city of Dacca. He also learnt the Hindustani language as the importance of Persian declined. A few years later, he set off for the Sylhet region. On arriving, he was advised to pay his respects and visit the dargah of Shah Jalal as per tradition. It is said he took his shoes off before entering and donated five golden mohurs (16 Bengali rupees) as he left. He mentions during his time in Sylhet, of the custom of drying fish (shutki) and its "noxious" smell.
According to Assam District Gazetteers, vol. 10, Lindsay was "largely interested in the business, and describes the sources of his wealth in most poetic terms. 'The chunam or lime rock is washed by the rapid stream. A magnificent cataract was seen rolling over the adjoining precipice, the scenery altogether was truly sublime. The mountain was composed of the purest alabaster lime, and appeared in quantity equal to the supply of the whole world'." The book later states, "Mr. Lindsay's business experienced some vicissitudes owing to the violent conduct of the Khasi chiefs, but lime no doubt contributed largely to the fortune that he was able to accumulate in Sylhet. Lindsay was succeeded in Sylhet by Holland and then John Willes.
| Superintendent of Sylhet
| Collector of Sylhet
- Allen, B.C. (1906). Assam district gazetteers, Volume 10. Baptist Mission Press. p. 14.
- "Lindsay, Robert (Banglapedia, the national encyclopedia of Bangladesh)". Retrieved January 6, 2015.
- Lives of the Lindsays; or a Memoir of the Houses of Crawford and Balcarres. 3. p. 151.
- Bhattacharjee, J.B. (2005). "Revolt of Nawab Radharam (1786)". Proceedings of North East India History Association. Gauhati University. 26: 177–78.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
- Allen, p. 15