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‘Cameron had links with East India Company’

The documents show that Cameron’s great great great great grandfather was John Talbot Shakespear, a senior bureaucrat with the East India Company.

BRITISH Prime Minister David Cameron’s links with the East India Company have come to light after nearly 2.5 million records chronicling the lives of Europeans under the British Raj were made available online.

India Office Records went online this week shedding light on the lives of Europeans under the British Raj between 1698 and 1947.

The documents show that Cameron’s great great great great grandfather was John Talbot Shakespear, a senior bureaucrat with the East India Company.

They also show Cameron is a distant cousin of television comic Al Murray, related through Kolkata-born novelist William Makepeace Thackeray, author of Vanity Fair.

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“The newly-released records cast light on the careers and family lives of expats, the significance of the East India Company, the offices of power, infant mortality, Anglo-Indian marriages, family relationships, and the lives of women in India,” Find My Past, the website behind the project, said.

First published on: 31-01-2014 at 12:56:25 am
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