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Correspondence of David Brown, 1801 - 1825

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/RCMS 103/13

Scope and Contents

26 letters concerning economic development and the management of his estates exchanged between Brown and various correspondents. The collection includes eight letters from Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles. The file also includes a typescript copy of the will of Francis Light.


  • 1801 - 1825

Conditions Governing Access

For conservation reasons, this file must be viewed on Microfilm Reel MC46A.

Biographical / Historical

David Brown was born in Longformacus, Berwickshire, Scotland in 1778. He studied law in Edinburgh, but joined his countryman James Scott’s mercantile business in Penang in 1800. Scott was the trading partner of Francis Light, who had taken over Light 's estate after his death in 1794. Brown succeeded Scott when he died in 1808. Brown became the largest land owner and planter in Penang, pioneering the introduction of nutmeg cultivation. He died in 1825 when travelling to Malacca.


1 file(s) (1 file) : paper

Language of Materials


Former / Other Reference



Brown, David, 1778-1825

Finding aid date

2012-07-23 10:07:22+00:00

Includes index.

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

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