VANSITTART, Henry. Bloomsbury, Middlesex 3.6.1732 — on sea 1770. British Civil Servant in India. Son of Arthur V., the famoly has Dutch origin (van Sittart). “Educated at Reading and Winchester; went out as a writer of the E.I.C. to the Madras service, 1745. To Fort St. David, 1746; Factor at Fort St. George, 1752; became a friend of Clive. Deputed to negotiate with the French E.I.C., 1754-5. Became Member of Council, 1759.” Appointed Governor of Bengal in November 1759, assumed office in July 1760. Had differences with his council and returned to England in 1764. Member of Parliament for Reading in 1768, Director of E.I.C. 1769. Deputed to enquire and report on Bengal, perished at sea in the Aurora, between Cape Town and India. Married 1754 Amilia Morse, five sons.
Publications: Original Papers Relative to the Disturbances in Bengal. 1764; A Narrative of the Transactions in Bengal from 1760 to 1764. L. 1766.
– Two articles publ. in the As.Res. 2.
Sources: See Buckland, Dictionary; *A. T. Embree, Oxford D.N.B.; Wikipedia with portrait by Joshua Reynolds.