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Sir John 
Child
c. 1654 - 1690


Sir John 
Child
, first person to be placed in control of all the English East India Company's trading establishments in India. Governor of Bombay from 4th Feb. 1680. Some sources cite him as the child of John Child. English colonialist. Joined East India Co. in youth; deputy governor of Bombay (1679-81); president of Surat (1682-90); first person placed in charge of East India Co.'s entire operation in India; harsh and unscrupulous; selected for expulsion by peace terms after war with Aurangzeb. Encyclodaedia Britannica Dictionary of National Biography Burke's Extinct Baronetcies gives his father as John. Child, Sir John, d. 1690, English administrator in India. In 1680 he was appointed the British East India Company's agent at Surat, then the company's main factory (i.e., trading station) in W India. In 1685, Sir John moved the company's seat of government from Surat to Bombay, and in 1686 he was given authority over all the company's possessions in India. His tyrannical methods alienated many; his defeat by the Mughal emperor led to a demand that he be removed from India, but he died before the issue was settled. Sir John's activities were supported in England by Sir Josiah Child, 163099, who was possibly his brother. A merchant and early mercantilist, he made a fortune supplying the navy and from 1681 to 1690 virtually ruled the East India Company, of which he was deputy governor (168486, 168890) and governor (168183, 168688). His New Discourse of Trade (final form, 1693) was an early plea for some of the principles of free trade. -------- Child, Sir John, d. 1690, English administrator in India. In 1680 he was appointed the British East India Company's agent at Surat, then the company's main factory (i.e., trading station) in W India. In 1685, Sir John moved the company's seat of government from Surat to Bombay, and in 1686 he was given authority over all the company's possessions in India. His tyrannical methods alienated many; his defeat by the Mughal emperor led to a demand that he be removed from India, but he died before the issue was settled. Sir John's activities were supported in England by Sir Josiah Child, 1630-99, who was possibly his brother. A merchant and early mercantilist, he made a fortune supplying the navy and from 1681 to 1690 virtually ruled the East India Company, of which he was deputy governor (1684-86, 1688-90) and governor (1681-83, 1686-88). His New Discourse of Trade (final form, 1693) was an early plea for some of the principles of free trade.

Born: c. 1654Baptised:
Died: Bombay, India 4th Feb 1690 Buried:
Family:
Child

Titles:

Ancestors
[ Patrilineage | Matrilineage | Earliest Ancestors | Force | Force2 | Options ]

1.
Sir John 
Child
(
Shaxton
) c. 1654 - 1690
2.
Sir Josiah 
Child
(
Boate
,
Attwood
,
Barnard
) 1631 - 1699
4.
Richard 
Child
(
Roycroft
) 1611 - post 1639
5.
Elizabeth 
Roycroft
(
Child
) 1613 - post 1639
3.
Hannah 
Boate
(
Child
) + 1662
6.
7.

Siblings


1.
Josiah 
Child
1656 - ante 1668
2.
Elisabeth 
Child
(
Howland
) c. 1661 - post 1696
3.
Joseph 
Child
(
?
) 1663 - ante 1693
4.
Sir Josiah 
Child
(
Cooke
) 1668 - 1704
5.
Rebecca 
Child
(
Somerset
,
Granville
) c. 1670 - 1712
6.
hidden

7.
Barnard 
Child
1677 - ante 1697
8.
Sir Richard 
Child
  (Tylney)
(
Glynne
) 1679 - 1750

Spouses



1. 1672
Mary 
Shaxton
  (Shackstone)
(
Child
) + post 1672

Descendants
[ Options ]

a.
Mary 
Shaxton
  (Shackstone)
(
Child
) + post 1672
1.
John 
Child
+ 1718
2.
Sir Caesar 
Child
(
Evans
) + 1725
2a.
Hester 
Evans
  (Evance)
(
Child
)
2.1.
Elizabeth 
Child
(
Cleland
)
2.2.
Stephen 
Child
2.3.
John 
Child
2.4.
Frances 
Child
2.5.
Susanna 
Child
(
Cleland
) + post 1721
2.6.
Hester 
Child
(
Tyssen
) + 1723
2.7.
Anne 
Child
+ post 1724
2.8.
Caesar 
Child
+ 1753
Sources

  • Family Archivists: see
    Child


Timeline


c. 1654Born
1672Married
Mary 
Shaxton
  (Shackstone)
(
Child
) + post 1672
4th Feb 1684
Sir John 
Child
(
Shaxton
) c. 1654 - 1690 inherited the title
Child
  [Bt] of Surat
25th Jan 1690Made a will (will)
4th Feb 1690Died Bombay, India
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