Major General John Ramsay
Lent by Lady Broun Lindsay
Microfilm No. 24
TS copies of letters in the possession of Lady Broun Lindsay:
(Throughout the papers, Ranjit Singh is referred to as ‘Ranjit Sinji’, this has been changed in this listing for reasons of clarity and to enable searching)
- Countess of Dalhousie to Mrs. Percival, Pulo Penang Island, 1830. Detailed description of flora and fauna of the island.
- The same. Camp Futtapore near Cawnpore, 20 January 1831. Description of Lord Dalhousie’s entourage travelling with him; detailed description of the camp organization and method of procedure.
- Major General Hon. John Ramsay to Lord Dalhousie. Camp at Nallaghurbad, 21 October 1831.
- The same. Rossee, 22 October 1831. Meeting with Ranjit Singh and Lord William Bentinck.
- The same. Rossee, 23 October 1831. Arrangements for meeting with Ranjit Singh and Lord William Bentinck; Maj. Gen. Hon. John Ramsay chosen as a delegate.
- The same. 24 October 1831.
- The same. 25 October 1831. Description of the delegation to Ranjit Singh, and a description of him and entourage.
- The same. 26 October 1831. Description of the return visit of Ranjit Singh.
- The same. 27 October 1831. Description of return visit of Lord William Bentinck to Ranjit Singh.
- The same. 28 October 1831. About appointments.
- The same. 29 October 1831. Describes the review of troops by Ranjit Singh, and return review by the Governor-General.
- Col. Mountain to Lord Ramsay. Camp Byrode, 27 December 1831. Description of Delhi; visits the King and the Kutub; also of the Governor-General riding to camp; meets the Nawab of Ferozpur.
Microfilm No. 26
The papers of George Lord Ramsay (brother of the Marquess of Dalhousie). Born 1806 – went to India 1829 as A.D.C. to his father – died 1832:
Diary, July 1829 – June 1832:
- 26 July 1829. Sails from England; description of voyage via Rio de Janeiro, where he stays some time; visits the slave market ‘a healthy boy £40’; leaves 16 September on the Pallas for Cape of Good Hope; witnesses a dance by Malays which he describes in detail and calls feast of the Malabars; rides to Stellenbosch, roads lined with oak trees; put up at George Inn.
- 10 December 1829. Arrives Calcutta; moves into Government House, then to Government House in Fort William; Barrackpore 22 December; returns to Calcutta and goes hunting with Calcutta hounds.
- Lord Combermere hands over to Lord Dalhousie; first shikar, February 1830, return 13 March to Calcutta; his parents take house in Garden Reach; father has a seizure; notes the feast of the Churruk Pooja when low-caste men wound themselves with knives etc.; sees hook swinging; hog-hunting.
- Sails to Penang May, arrives August; description of Prince of Wales Island; returns to Bengal in October; has vapour baths for his rheumatism; goes to Simla by river Ganges; long description of sailing on Ganges.
- Patna. Meets R.C. Chaplain, Padre Giulio Cesare, a Milanese, whom he likes immensely. Dinapur ? on Ganges again, Shikar; Buxar – a depot of 600 horses; Ghazepur; more about horses, sees a nautch, not impressed.
- Benares, January 1831. Description of camp; Allahabad; bathing at the confluence; a tax of one rupee levied for this by the company and at Juggernath; marching; Cawnpore; review of troops; Colonel Boileau at Kurnal; Subathro, Simla. Ranjit Singh’s mission arrives – description.
- 26 September. Lord and Lady William Bentinck, Lady Dalhousie, and party start for Kotzhur; leaves the hills in October (has been very ill there); 15th End of Dussehra, the Gurkhas perform the head-cutting ceremony; Umballa; visit Meerut; an earthquake on 24 October; marches.
- Delhi. Visit to the King of Delhi; the Kuttub; Multan; Agra; march to Cawnpore; by boat to Calcutta, arrives 4 January 1832; returns to England. Last entry 3 June 1832.