The Ritchies in India

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The Ritchies in India

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Author: Gerald Ritchie

Type: Hardback

ISBN: 9789391928438

Date: 14th November, 2023


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William Ritchie (1817-1862) was the Advocate-General of Bengal from 1855 to 1862. Ritchie's maternal family, the Thackerays, had a long association with India. His father, John Ritchie, was the director of a bank that failed in November 1841, causing the Ritchie family to flee to the continent to escape creditors. Unable to maintain the expense of reading for the Bar in London, William instead looked to the Indian Bar, where he could earn an immediate income to support his parents. William quickly built a name at the bar in Calcutta. He was appointed as the Advocate-General of Bengal in (1855?), also as the second Vice-Chancellor of the University of Calcutta in 1859, and Legislative Mem­ber of the Council of the Governor-General of India in (I860?). He held these offices until his death in Calcutta on 22 March 1862. His numerous correspondences with his family are reproduced in this book.

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