Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Broughton, Thomas Duer

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BROUGHTON, THOMAS DUER (1778–1835), writer on India, was son of the Rev. Thomas Broughton, rector of St. Peter's, Bristol. He was educated at Eton, and went to India in 1795 as a cadet on the Bengal establishment. He was actively engaged at the siege of Seringapatam in 1799, and was afterwards appointed commandant of the cadet corps, and in 1802 military resident with the Mahrattas. For a short time previous to the restoration of Java to the Dutch he held the command of that island. He became a lieutenant on the Madras establishment in 1797, and, passing through the intermediate grades, became colonel in 1829. His death took place in Dorset Square, London, on 16 Nov. 1835. He published:

  1. 'Edward and Laura,' a novel, freely translated from the French.
  2. 'Letters written in a Mahratta Camp during the year 1809, descriptive of the character, manners, domestic habits, and religious ceremonies of the Mahrattas,' London, 1813, 4to.
  3. 'Selections from the Popular Poetry of the Hindoos,' London, 1814, 8vo.

[Gent. Mag. N.S. v. 203; Cat, of 'Printed Books in Brit. Mus.]

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