The Highlands and the returning nabob
Sir Hector Munro of Novar, 1760–1807
in Emigrant homecomings
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Highland politics and kinship were central to Sir Hector Munro's favourable treatment of Brodie. Munro's nabob reputation and substantial Eastern fortune ensured that he faced particular problems when reintegrating into a Scotland ill at ease with the material and moral effect of Indian profits upon its society. The economic and social dimensions underpinning the hostile critique of nabobs ensured that Novar spent the bulk of his fortune and efforts on agricultural and estate improvements. In India Munro nurtured political networks that stretched back to his home community and which sustained his reputation and profile there. In alliance with Scottish free traders like Hugh Baillie, others monopolized commodities like Bengal salt and opium to corner supplies, inflate prices and generate huge profits, particularly prior to the 1780s.

Emigrant homecomings

The return movement of emigrants, 1600–2000

Editor: Marjory Harper


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