Shedding some light on an ‘India Bouse’
I was reading the ‘Focus on Poll Books’ feature in the May issue of your magazine and looked down the poll book list on page 61 and saw there was an entry for “India Bouse”. Any ideas on what sort of job this could be? Google appears to indicate that it is connected to The East India Company. Brian Proctor, by email Editor replies: Hi Brian, I think I have worked it out. If you look at the other italic ‘b’s in that column you can see that the base rises up to the downstroke on the left. However, if you look at the ‘h’ in shipwright and ‘hair dresser’ you will see that it looks very like the ‘b’ in ‘bouse’. So I think the answer is that he works at ‘India House’. This would have definitely been connected with the East India Company and trading. Hope that helps!