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The Forgotten Irish. Memorials of the Raj

The Forgotten Irish. Memorials of the Raj

The Forgotten Irish. Memorials of the Raj

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Supplied by Kabristan Archives.

A detailed account of the Irish and their memorials in India, Ireland and the Far East during the 18th and 19th centuries.

Consisting of over 1,100 memorials and 400 biographies this book tells the tale of the Irish people who were deleted from the late 18th and 19th century history of the British Raj.

During this period the British government relied heavily on the Irish to staff the needs of the East India Company. For the upper and middle classes, a commission in the Bengal Army could mean easy money followed by an early retirement.

For the Irish peasant, India meant the hope of a fully stomach and the prospect of adventure and goodbye to the cold and rain providing cholera or malaria did not get them first, India’s diseases had no class distinction.

Read about the missionaries who saw opportunities for spreading Christianity, the entrepreneurs quick to see a business opportunity and the adventurers who worked as mercenaries for the Indian princes. Such as the notorious George Thomas, a deserter from the Royal Navy who was known as the Raja of Tipperary and won the love of the Begum Sumru but had to run for his life because her other lovers plotted against him.

The British role in the Empire is well-documented but very little is known of the part played by ordinary Irish men and women whose names are disappearing from history. Although few of their graves remain it has been possible to compile their epitaphs and biographies from written records so that these remarkable men and women whose names and deeds have vanished into history will not be forgotten.

By Eileen Hewson

Illus. Kabristan Archives 2004, reissued 2008.
Paperback 332 pages.

£7.50