D’OYLY, Charles

D’OYLY, Charles. Murshidabad, India 18.9.1781 — Leghorn, Italy 24.9.1845.Sir, 7th Bart. British Civil Servant in India. Son of Sir John Hadley D’Oyly, 6th Bart. and Collector of Calcutta, and Diana Rochfort. In 1785 the family returned to England and the boy was educated there. Entered E.I.C.’s service c. 1796. “Assistant Registrar of the Court of Appeal, Calcutta, 1798; Collector of Dacca, 1808; Opium Agent in Bihar, 1821; Commercial Resident at Patna, 1831; Senior Member of the Board of Customs, Salt and Opium, 1833; retired 1839” because of health problems and settled in Italy. Also an artist who painted Indian scenery and local life. Married 1805 his cousin Marian Greer, then 1815 the Scottish poet Elizabeth Jane Ross, no children.

Publications: Illustrated: The European in India. 1813 (text by Th. Williamson).

Antiquities of Dacca. L. 1814 (40 engravings of Mughal ruins).

Costumes of India. 1830.

– Views of Calcutta and its Environs. L. 1848.

– Illustrated several further works.

Sources: Buckland, Dictionary; Wikipedia with further references

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