Letters from Lord Dalhousie

Administrative / Biographical History

James Broun-Ramsay was born at Dalhousie Castle in Scotland on 22 April 1812, the son of George Ramsay, 9th earl of Dalhousie, and his wife Christian Broun.
In 1847 he was appointed governor-general of India. During his tenure he did much to consolidate the power of the East India Company, introducing administrative reforms, pursuing the doctrine of ‘lapse’ through which princely states were automatically annexed by the Company if their ruler died without a male heir, and overseeing the annexation of the Punjab. In 1849 he was created 1st Marquess of Dalhousie.
Ramsay retired in 1856 and returned to England where he died on 19 December 1860.

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James Broun-Ramsay was born at Dalhousie Castle in Scotland on 22 April 1812, the son of George Ramsay, 9th earl of Dalhousie, and his wife Christian Broun.
In 1847 he was appointed governor-general of India. During his tenure he did much to consolidate the power of the East India Company, introducing administrative reforms, pursuing the doctrine of ‘lapse’ through which princely states were automatically annexed by the Company if their ruler died without a male heir, and overseeing the annexation of the Punjab. In 1849 he was created 1st Marquess of Dalhousie.
Ramsay retired in 1856 and returned to England where he died on 19 December 1860.

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