Scottish Cemetery Kolkata

Saturday 15 November

with 3 comments

Sixth report

… So here we are on the return leg home, sitting through the night at Dubai airport – time for a catch-up.

          

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The dinner last night was a success … many wonderful and curious conversations with our Bengali guests – one lengthy discussion on the Wealth of Nations … another in response to penetrating questions such as what had motivated the Romans to invade Scotland … wits stretched within our muggle-heads; wonderful descriptions had of the country, particularly Darjeeling, friendships cemented. Nick proved something of a hit with the lady guests ….

Inspired after having come across Maj Gen ‘Hindoo’ Stuart in the South Park Street cemetery, the team re-christened James (*see below).

The jackels around the hotel surpassessed themselves last night – was convinced it was the team having a mad cackling fit, but no ….

* ‘Bengali Simpson’

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As an antidote to a sweltered week of cemetery ruins a little sight-seeing today included a visit to the Victoria Memorial, the Raj’s answer to the Taj Mahal c/o the Queen-Empress revering Viceroy, Lord Curzon. This followed by market research and retail therapy in the crafts shops, markets and general dives of Calcutta … laden with goods we finally said our goodbyes to Manish, a smog-choked run to the airport during which Boula finally succumbed to road rage (refreshing to see we have something in common with these most stoic of people .. !)… final fairwell to Rajpal, Ashok and Boula and off …

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Potential international incident at Calcutta airport as Steve walks through the Ladies’ security file only to be rumbled behind the screens by a formidable female guard in military fatigues whose look was glacial in the extreme ….

The majority of the team now suffering with lesser or worse ailments (many unscheduled trips to available facilities) – the long trip back is proving very hard work – but definitely not looking for sympathy upon our return ….

Once they are sorted we will be posting photos of the trip when back in Scotland (Monday or Tuesday) and some additional material – so please stay in touch….

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November 16, 2008 at 12:38 am

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  1. As a Dundonian whose father worked in one of the dyeworks associated with the jute industry, I have been following your expedition with great interest and have enjoyed reading your blog.
    I will be working out in India for a couple of weeks in February next year with one free day in Kolkata and would like to visit both cemeteries. If possible,
    I would like to keep up with future developments.

    Lorna Johnson

    November 18, 2008 at 11:58 pm

  2. Recently I was in Kolkata and spent two days trwling through graves in the South PArk St and Circular Road, no results.

    THe Scotish Cemetery is probably where I should be looking – where are the registries kept for the church and the cemetery?

    My Great Grand Uncle – John Thomas Dunlop Cameron BC 1818 ?India, Died 1876 Kolkata. Head Master of La Martineire College in Calcutta.

    There could be other family members buried there. I would be most interested in your progress and wish you success with your undertaking.

    Also, any further information on Alexander Duff c1830. A friend has been looking for him and his family for years?

    Regards,

    Jennifer Roberts
    Sydney, Australia

    Jennifer Roberts

    December 29, 2008 at 12:33 am

  3. Hi, Team
    When, how and where shall we be able to see the data you collected on your fantastic venture? I’m hoping for news of my grandfather Allan Sturrock from Forfar who was working in the jute mills in Kolkata and died there on 6 June 1931. I wear his (Indian) signet ring every day but we have virtually no other information about him.
    Arthur
    Edinburgh

    Arthur Shepherd

    January 29, 2009 at 3:20 pm


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