James Carnegy

This was a period in which men came back from the East or West Indies and made a new start, with a Scottish wife, a Scottish name, and foreign wealth, but no discoverable previous history. It is interesting that the Scottish Episcopal Church, which so recently had been in such an uncertain state, was by this time a secure institution compared with the Anglican church in Penang.

died before 1830
East India Company Civil Service
Daniel Sandford made a note in the Charlotte Chapel baptism register: 'NB There being great doubt whether the above named Isabella Carnegy had been baptised in infancy by a lawful minister, she was hypothetically baptised according to the form provided for that purpose by the Church'. This is explained in the study by Hussin of Penang society: there was no Anglican clergyman in Penang until 1805, and baptisms, marriages and funerals were performed by Mr Caunter, the first Assistant Secretary to the Governor, who acted as chaplain. (4 p.301)
Chapel connection
1816 (baptism)
Married on
5 July 1798 in Calcutta (3)
Mary Ogilvy
Isabella, (1803) baptised Charlotte Chapel 1816, Patrick Ogilvy (1804), Charlotte (1806), Agnes Clubley (1818) (3), Margaret (m. a Mr Clubley), James (4 p.299). 'Miss Anne Carnegie daughter of James Carnegie Esq EICS died at Edinburgh 7th June 1833 was interred ... at no. 21 new burying ground of St John's Chapel aged 17 years.' A Mary also died in 1836 aged 27.
Related to
Carnegie's origins are obscure, but Mary Carnegy, Susan Carnegy, Donald Ogilvy, William Ogilvy, and David Gillespie are all members of families from the east of Scotland whose members intermarried both in Scotland and India


  1. Registers of Charlotte Chapel (NAS CH12/3)
  2. Edinburgh Post Office Directory 1818
  3. Family Search website, accessed 20 May 2011
  4. Nordin Hussin, Trade and Society in the Straits of Melaka: Dutch Melaka and English Penang 1780-1830 (Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, Copenhagen, 2007)

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