George Macartney, 1st Earl Macartney (1737-1806), was a British diplomatist and colonial governor. Collection consists of
papers and correspondence related to Macartney's governorship in Madras under the British East India Company from 1781-1786.
The collection consists of approximately 236 items, including correspondence with Hyder Ally, Tippoo Sultan, Sir Eyre Coote,
George Staunton, and Anthony Sadlier, and other various documents.
Macartney, George, Earl of Macartney (1737-1806), a British statesman, colonial administrator and diplomat, was born in Ireland
on May 3, 1737 to George Macartney (d. 1779) and his wife, Elizabeth (d. 1755). He studied at Trinity College, Dublin, from
1750 to 1754 and received his MA in 1759. Via influential connections, Macartney was appointed envoy to Russia on October
4, 1764 and was knighted on October 19, 1764. He continued his diplomatic and governmental career with posts in Ireland as
Chief secretary, Governor of Madras (1781-1796), an appointment as the first envoy of Britain to China (1793), and the governorship
of the Cape (1796-1798). Macartney died on May 31, 1806.
4 boxes (2 linear ft; 236 items)
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