The Scots in India

After the ill-fated Darien venture, many Scots were still keen on making a mark overseas, and the Far East was an attractive destination. Scots first began participating in eastern trade through European chartered companies, ‘but for those Scots who remained at home the key to future success lay in the establishment of a foothold’ in the famous East India Company. (Parker) The Union of 1707, which gave Scots access to the British Empire, facilitated this to some extent. Even prior to the Union, however, the East India Company had attracted a number of Scots, including Captain Alexander Hamilton, who rose to prominence with his accounts of life in the British bases that had been established in Bombay, Madras and Calcutta. Though generally dominated by Englishmen, there was also …