Half way through reading The Tears of the Rajas: Mutiny, Money and Marriage in India 1805-1905, by Ferdinand Mount, I came apon a reference to White Rajah: A Biography of Sir James Brooke, by Nigel Barley, which I then bought very cheaply on Amazon, and read through to the end before getting back to ‘Tears…’
Sir James Brooke was certainly a character. Essentially, he was an individual who may or may not have been shot in the privates whilst serving in the Bengal Army, and who may or may not have been gay/bi, and who eventually landed in Sarawak in 1838 where he became governor and founded a ruling dynasty. Almost certainly a complette nutter, with decent intentions. His mother was the daughter of Scottish peer Colonel William Stuart, 9th Lord Blantyre. Sarawak is a very interesting part of the world with a fascinating ethnic mix. I’d like to go there one day, and see it for myself.
Tears of the Rajas is a more weighty tome about a Scottish family, the Lows of Clatto, and their involvement in India over a hundred years.