The main item in these papers is the Letter Book, complied by Richard Macan concerned with the sale of the estate of the late Major Turner Macan. There is also a note written by Richard Macan and some modern research notes on the Letter Book and Turner Macan's biography.
Papers of Richard and Turner Macan
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
Captain Turner Macan (1792-1836) of Carriff, Co. Armagh, was Persian Interpreter to the Commander-in-Chief of the British Army in India. His edition of the Shahnameh was the first ever printed in Europe. The text was prepared from seventeen complete manuscripts and four fragments, most of which were written in Persia, lent to Macan by various British army officers and civil servants as well as local nawabs. One of these mauscripts (Rylands Persian MS 932, University of Machester) was presented to the translator by Nasir-ud-Din Haidar, the King of Oudh.
Richard Macan was with Turner Macan when he died in Calcutta in 1836 and took charge of his affairs.
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It is unknown how this material came into the possession of the Society.
The Papers were catalogued by Nancy Charley, RAS Archivist, in 2019.
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The Letter Book was compiled by Richard Macan to document his dealings with the estate of Turner Macan to be presented to the executors of Turner Macan's estate, Major Thomas Macan and Mr Graham Johnston.