Burrish Crisp of the East India Company 1762-1811
Born: 1762 and died 26 April 1811 and is burried in the Park Street Cemetary in Calcutta (Kolkata), West Bengal, India.
Son of: James Crisp and Elizabeth Crisp (nee Marsh, 1735-1785).
Brother of: Elizabeth Maria Shee (nee Crisp, 1764-1838) who married Sir George Shee (1754-1825).
Burrish does not appear to have married but he did have some illegitimate children
1. John Henry Crisp born 27 August 1789 and baptised July 1974. Became a captain in the Madras Army.
2. Elizabeth Margaret Crisp (1792?-1865) who married John Fombelle (17??-1849) in Calcutta, 10 April 1809. She is buried in the English Cemetary in Forence having died aged 73, 8 January 1865.
Burrish Crisp: An Overview
We know of Burrish from the following sources:
1. An excellent book 'The Ordeal of Elizabeth Marsh' by Prof Linda Colley, 2007.
2. Entries copied from the Bible of Rev George Augustus Eliott Marsh.
3. Family letters from the Betty Harrison archive.
4. His grave in the old English Cemetry, Park Street, Kolkata.
Burrish had a rather haphazard upbringing and settled in India. He became a merchant and minor judicial official in Dhaka. He appears to have had good linguistic skills and was a founding member of the Asiatic Society, the leading European intellectual club in Calcutta.
The inscription on his tomb in Calcutta reads as follows:
Sacred to the Memory of Burrish Crisp Esquire. A Senior Marchant in the Service of the East India Company and First Member of the Board of Revenue who departed this life on the 26th day of April 1811, Aged 47 Years. He arrived in this Country when a Child and was therefore deprived of the Advantages of an Education in Europe. But by the tender Cares of an excellent Mother (whose remains are interred near this spot) and by the Powers of his own Mind he attained the highest Offices under the Government, which he filled with Zeal, Ability and Honour. Whilst his private Life was eminently distinguished by Benevolence, Piety and very social Virtue.
Tomb of Burrish Crisp in the old English Cemetry, Park Street, Kolkata, India.
The person in the picture is the author JJ Heath-Caldwell. Elizabeth Crisp (mother of Burrish) is buried to the left but her tomb is no longer present.