The Usher Family of Scotland Sir James RIVETT-CARNAC 1st Bt.
Thomas RIVETT M.P.
Anna Maria SIBLEY
(1726-Abt 1820)
Henrietta FISHER

Sir James RIVETT-CARNAC 1st Bt.


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Sir James RIVETT-CARNAC 1st Bt. 2 3 4

  • Born: 11 Nov 1784, Bombay, India 2
  • Christened: 4 Feb 1785, Bombay, Maharashtra, India
  • Marriage: Anna Maria RICHARDES on 3 Jun 1815 in St.Thomas' Cathedral, Bombay, India 1
  • Died: 28 Jan 1846, , Lymington, Hampshire, England, Rockliffe aged 61 2
  • Buried: 5 Feb 1846, Milford, Hampshire

  General Notes:

Rivett-Carnac, James 1784-1846
Who Was Who in British India. By John F. Riddick. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1998. (WhBriIn)

Rivett-Carnac, James, Sir 1785-1846
Dictionary of Indian Biography. By C.E. Buckland. London: Swan Sonnenschein & Co., 1906. Reprint. Detroit: Gale Research, 1968. (DcInB)

Carnac, James Rivett 1784-1846
Who Was Who in British India. By John F. Riddick. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1998. (WhBriIn)

Carnac, James Rivett, Sir 1785-1846
The Dictionary of National Biography. The Concise Dictionary. Part 1, From the beginnings to 1900. London: Oxford University Press, 1953. Contains abstracts of the biographies found in "The Dictionary of National Biography" (21 volumes, New York: Macmillan Co.; London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1908). (DcNaB)

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Carnac, James Rivett
Title(s): Major
Address(es): 21, Upper Harley street
Date: 1828
Subscribed to Contrast. In three volumes. By Regina Maria Roche. Author of Children of the Abbey: Discarded Son: Vicar of Lansdown: Bridal of Dunamore: Tradition of the Castle: Castle Chapel, &c. &c. Vol. I., 1828, ROCHE, Regina Maria. London
A. K. Newman & Co. Leadenhall-Street.
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  Christening Notes:

babtised with sister Anna Marie

  Death Notes:

Died at Rookeliff, Milford 3 4/2/1846. having suffered for several years from increasingly severe paralysis.

  Burial Notes:

A marble memorial on the north wall of the chancel of Milford church.* with sculpture by P. MacDowell RA, depicts Sir James on his deathbed, being administered extreme unction (perhaps by the Rev. Thomas Robinson., Vicar of Milford 1823-57) and attended by his wife Anna Maria. son John and daughters Anna Maria (Brown) and Henrietta.

  Noted events in his life were:

• Emigration, 1798, England. 5

• Military Service: Appointed Cadet of Infantry for service in the Madras Presidency. , 27 Feb 1799. 5

• Military Service: Sent for training to the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich. , Between Mar 1799 and 1803, London, England. 5

• Emigration, 1800, India. 5

• Military Service: Joined the Fifth Regiment, Native Infantry, Madras, with rank of Lieutenant. , 15 Dec 1800. 5

• Military Service, Jan 1802. 2 January 1802 - Appointed ADC to Jonathan Duncan, Governor of Bombay, through influence exerted by his father James. Transferred on secondment to the Political Department, retaining military rank, and appointed First Assistant and Secretary to the Resident (Colonel A. Walker) at the court of the Gaekwar of Baroda.

• Military Service: Promoted to Acting Resident. , Jan 1809. 5

• Military award, 2 Mar 1810. 5 Military rank raised to Captain.

• Military Service: Promotoed to the post of resident at Baroda, Feb 1811. 2

• Residence, 1815, Baroda, , India. 5 After her marriage to James at Bombay in 1815 Anna Maria accompanied him to Baroda

• Military Service: 1819 - Resigned from his post at Baroda owing to ill health. Sailed for England towards the end of the year, via the Cape of Good Hope, where he and Anna Maria stopped off briefly with their young son John. , 1819. 5

• Residence, Between 1820 and 1826, Baker St., Portman Sqaure, London. 5 Apart from visits to relatives (e.g. at Milford., where their second surviving son William John was born in 1822), James and Anna Maria lived with his widowed mother Henrietta at her house in Baker Street, Portman Square….

• Military award, 14 Mar 1822. 5 Military rank raised to Major.

• Employment, 29 Apr 1822. 5 Retired from the East India Company's service, on the expiry of his furlough

• Residence, Between 1826 and 1839, 21 Upper Harley St., London. 5 with the exception of the period 1834-36.

• Employment, 7 Mar 1827. 5 Elected a Director of the East India Company

• Health, Between 1834 and 1835. 5 Ill health.

• Residence, Between 1834 and 1836, Newlands Manor, Milford, Hampshire. 5 He rented Newlands Manor for two years from Mrs. Whitby, sister of his late cousin Sophia Reynolds (see The Rivett Family... 3 p.110).

• Employment, 1835. 5 Elected Deputy Chairman of the East India Company

• Employment, Between 1836 and 1837. 5 Chairman of the East India Company for two successive years.

• created: Baronet Rivett-Carnac [UK], 12 Mar 1836, Derby, Derbyshire. 5

• Political, Between 1837 and 1838. 5 MP for Sandwich (Whig).

• Societies / Clubs: Royal Society of London, Fellow, 3 May 1838. Elected 3 May 1838

Appears in list of members [Fellows of the Royal Society 1816-1860] The Record of the Royal Society of London for the promotion of Natural Knowledge, Fourth edition, Edinburgh 1940, 1816-1860. London
Printed for the Royal Society

• Emigration, 31 May 1839, Bombay, India. 5 James arrived in Bombay aboard the Thomas Coutts East Indiaman, accompanied by his wife, his son John and daughters Anna Maria and Henrietta.

• Political, Between 31 May 1839 and 28 Apr 1841, Bombay, India. 5 Governor of Bombay, succeeding the late Sir Robert Grant.

• Political, 27 Apr 1841. 5 Relinquished the Governorship and sailed for England., renewed ill health having forced his resignation. Accompanied on this voyage only by his wife and the two daughters., his son John, now married, remaining in Bombay.

• Residence, Between 1841 and 1843, Milford, Hampshire. 5 1841-43 - Rented Hordle House.

• Residence, 1843, Milford, Hampshire. 5 Bought Rookeliff, his residence for the remainder of his life, Kivernell House, The Old Mill and Myrtle Cottage, all at Milford.

• Settlement, 11 Aug 1843. 5 Date of a Settlement under which he established a Trust Fund and instructed his trustees to sell all his property, including Rookeliff and its contents, after his widows death., the proceeds and all other sums in the Fund to be distributed among his surviving sons and daughters in accordance with lengthy and precisely-worded directions embodied in the Settlement. The three trustees were his brother John then a Captain RN, Lieut.-Colonel Robert Barnewall, on the retired list of the East India Company's service, and John Hopton Forbes of Westwood, Southampton. (Fam. pp.)

• Biography. 2

James married Anna Maria RICHARDES, daughter of William RICHARDES and Anna Arabella RIVETT, on 3 Jun 1815 in St.Thomas' Cathedral, Bombay, India.1 (Anna Maria RICHARDES was born circa 1790 in Aberystwyth, Wales, died on 2 Jan 1859 in Milford, Hampshire 2 6 and was buried on 5 Jan 1859 in Milford, Hampshire 5.)

  Marriage Notes:

She is his first cousin. 5


1 John Bernard Burke Esq., A Genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary of the Peerage and Baronetage of the British Empire, 15th Ed. (London: Henry Colburn, 1853), p. 169.

2 Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, 60 vols (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004),

3 C. E. Buckland C.I.E., Dictionary of Indian Biography (London: Swan Sonnenschein & Co., LIM, 1906), p. 359;
Son of James Rivett, Member of the Bombay Council, who assumed the name of Carnac : Cadet, 1799 : entered the R.M.A. Woolwich, 1800 : entered the E. I. Co.'s Madras Native infantry, 1801 : transferred to Bombay: was A.D.C. to Jonathan Duncan, Governor of Bombay: served against the Mahrattas, 1802: in 1802, first Assistant at Baroda, in the Political service and Secretary to the Resident: Resident at Baroda, 1807-19 : retired as a Major in 1822 : Director of the E. I. Co., 1827; Chairman of the Directors, 1830: Baronet, 1836 : M.P., 1837 : Governor of Bombay, May, 1839 to April, 1841; A scholarship called after him was founded in his honour, and his bust placed in the Town Hall. He died Jan. 28, 1846.

4 John F. Riddick, Who Was Who in British India (Westport, Connecticut, London: Greenwood Press, 1998), p. 65;
CARNAC, Sir James Rivett, 1st Bart.
HEIC Service; b 11 Nov. 1784; s of James Rivett Carnac and Henritta Fisher; m 1815, Anna Maria Richards, three s. 1801 commissioned and posted to Madras NI; 1802 briefly served as ADC to Jonathan Duncan [q.v.], Gov. of Bombay; 1802 named 1st Asst. to Resident at Court of the Gaikwar; to 1819 held various political appointments with the last 1817-19 as Resident at Baroda; in this period worked at elimination of infanticide; 1822 retired from HEIC Service; 1827 elected a Dir., HEIC, in 1835 as Dep. Chairman and in 1836 and 1837 as Chairman; 1837 elected MP(W) for Sandwich; 1838-41 appointed Gov. of Bombay; 1841 resigned due to poor health, d 28 Jan. 1846 near Lymington, Hampshire.

5 Rivett-Carnac Register.

6 Gentlemans Magazine, 1859. Feb. p. 220.
At Devonshire-pl., Portland-pl., aged 69, Anna Maria, widow of Sir James Rivett Carnac, bart.

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