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Amherst of Arracan, William Pitt Amherst, Earl, 1773-1857



Amherst, William Pitt, first Earl Amherst of Arracan (1773–1857), diplomatist and governor-general of Bengal, was born on 14 January 1773 in Bath, the first of three children of Lieutenant-General William Amherst (1732–1781), aide-de-camp to the king, governor of St John's, Newfoundland, and adjutant-general of the army, and his wife, Elizabeth Patterson (d. 1776/7).

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Manuscript notebook - "Notes on the Six Last Books of Virgil's Aneid,", 1787 January 31

 Item — Box: 5
Scope and Contents From the Sub-Series:

Includes four manuscript items by and about Lord Amherst: one juvenile manuscript volume of Lord Amherst's notes on Virgil, one manuscript account of a court martial in which he is mentioned, and two letters patent granting offices to Lord Amherst. Three pieces of printed ephemera are also present.

Dates: 1787 January 31

William Pitt and Sarah Archer Amherst Family Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MA.00295
Abstract Correspondence, manuscript documents, printed ephemera, diaries, and books that document the life and career of William Pitt Amherst, Second Barron Amherst of Montreal and First Earl Amherst of Arracan (1773-1857). Documents to and from Lord Amherst largely document his time as ambassador to the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies (1890-1812) and his embassy to China (1815-1817). The diaries kept by Lady Sarah Archer Amherst cover the entirety of their stay during Lord Amherst's appointment as...
Dates: 1808-1830