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George Strachan of the MearnsSeventeenth-century Orientalist$
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Tom McInally

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781474466226

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474466226.001.0001

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‘Stracan our Infernall Phesition’

‘Stracan our Infernall Phesition’

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(p.113) Chapter Ten ‘Stracan our Infernall Phesition’
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George Strachan of the Mearns
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Tom McInally

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474466226.003.0011

Strachan spent two years as a servant of the East India Company during which the merchants were bitterly divided due to their lack of success in silk trading. This period saw the first of his recurring attacks of malaria. By contrasting accounts in the company archives with Della Valle’s journal, the chapter describes how unfounded accusations of murder against Strachan brought about his dismissal for incompetence as a doctor. Strachan spent months teaching the Carmelite friars Arabic and saving for onward travel to India but was secretly reemployed by the governor of the EIC in Iran, Edward Monnox, to act as interpreter and company representative during the negotiations with Shah Abbas for EIC naval involvement in the Iranian army’s capture of Hormuz in 1622. In this way he became intimate with the Shah’s court.

Keywords:   Death rates among EIC servants, Indian traders in the Persian Gulf, Portuguese Forts in the East, EIC armed merchant ships, Capture of Hormuz

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