MASTER, Streynsham

MASTER, Streynsham. Langdon, Kent 28.10.1640 — Lancashire 28.4.1724. Sir. British Colonial Administrator in India. Son of Richard Langdon. Served long in Surat, then in Masulipatam and Bengal and in 1678-81 as Company’s Agent in Madras. Returned in 1692 and bought Codnor Castle estate in Derbyshire. Married Elizabeth Leigh, two sons (Legh M., 1694–1750, Governor of Madras) and one daughter. In 1680 he prohibited the burning of a Hindu widow (the first British administrator to do this).

Publications: The Diaries of Streynsham Master, 1675–1680 and Other Contemporary Papers Relating Thereto. 1-2. Ed. by R. C. Temple. L. 1911.

Sources: Wikipedia with portrait.

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