Military and naval offi cers and other categories of imperial estate purchasers
in Country houses and the British Empire, 1700–1930
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This chapter begins with military and naval officers. This group is somewhat difficult to identify as specifically 'imperial', as not all military and naval officers fought in imperial theatres; prior to 1815 in particular, many of them spent their entire careers in Europe. The chapter covers the remaining categories of people who purchased landed estates with imperial wealth. Though they were small in number, there were women who owned landed estates whose wealth was derived from imperial sources. The chapter considers the role of investors in colonial stocks. East India Company stock in particular contributed to the purchase of a significant number of landed estates in the eighteenth century. The chapter concludes with the aristocracy's turn towards colonial proconsular positions in the nineteenth century as a means of preserving their increasingly indebted estates.


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