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The Public Life of the Earl of Macartney by Sir John Barrow, Earl George Macartney Macartney


The Public Life of the Earl of Macartney by Sir John Barrow, Earl George Macartney Macartney

George Macartney (1737-1806) had a long and distinguished political and diplomatic career. He held the post of Secretary for Ireland, was successively governor of Grenada, Madras and the Cape Colony, and served as trade envoy to Russia and China. The son of an Irish landowner, Macartney rose in his profession through diligent diplomacy, perseverance, ambition and integrity; he gradually advanced in both the British and Irish peerage. This two-volume biography by Sir John Barrow, who had accompanied Macartney to China and the Cape, was first published in 1807, and draws heavily on official documents from Macartney's periods in office. Volume 1 contains a chronological account of Macartney's professional life, focusing particularly on the challenges he faced while Governor of Madras in the 1780s, including military threats, wrangling over fiscal policies, the extension of Fort St George, and plans for a Madras police force.

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Publication date

17th February 2011


Sir John Barrow, Earl George Macartney Macartney

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Cambridge University Press


626 pages


Biography: historical, political & military

Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900



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