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Statesman and soldier known as "Clive of India"


Phoot of Robert CLive of India portrait

When and Where was Robert Clive Born?

29th September 1725, Styche, near Market Drayton, Shropshire, England.

Family Background:

Robert Clive was the eldest son of Richard Clive of Styche. His mother was the daughter of Nathaniel Gaskell of Manchester.

Education:

Merchant Taylor's School, London.

photo of Clive statue in Shrewsbury
Statue of Robert Clive in Shrewsbury market place
(© Anthony Blagg)

Chronology/Biography of Robert Clive:

1743: Sent to Madras, India by the East India Company. Captured by the French.

1746: Escaped from the French.

1751: Robert Clive made seizure of Arcot, Capital of Chanda Sahib. Held it for eight weeks with a small force until relieved. Went on to capture other French strongholds.

1753: Returned to England.

1755: Returned to India as Governor of Fort Saint David.

1756: Reduced the pirate stronghold of Gheriah.

1757: Recovered Calcutta after British incarcerated in the "Black hole of Calcutta". Defeated the Mughal Nawab, Sirajud Dawlah at Plassey installed Mir Jakar as the new Nawab and became the virtual ruler of Bengal.

1759: Repulsed Dutch colonial efforts.

1760: Returned to England and entered Parliament (1760-74)

1762: Raised to the Peerage.

Statue of Clive,  London
Statue of Clive of India in King Charles Street,
Whitehall, London
(© Anthony Blagg)

1764: Returned to India as Governor and Commander in Chief of Bengal to quell the disorder, which had grown up in his absence. Reformed the Civil Service in Bengal and began the empire of British India.

1767: Returned to England in shattered health to a storm of parliamentary enquiries.

Marriage:

1753 to Margaret Maskelyne.

When and Where Did he Die?

Committed suicide 22nd November 1774, London, England after allegations of corruption were investigated by parliament.

Age at Death:

48.

Site of Grave:

St. Margaretís Church, Moreton Say, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England

Places of Interest:

AVON:

Lived at No 14, The Circus, Bath

LONDON:

British Library.

SHROPSHIRE:

Walcott Hall, Lydbury North, Bishops Castle was built for Clive.

SCOTLAND:

The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Regimental Museum, The Castle, Stirling.

WALES:

Regimental Museum of the First Queens Dragoon Guards, Cardiff Castle.
Powis Castle, Powys has a Clive Museum.

Powis Castle
Robert Clive's eldest son married into the Herbert Family of Powis Castle
and there is a Clive Museum of many Indian artefacts there today

(© Anthony Blagg)

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