Notes on the Geography of Mauritius: Mauritius 1: Port Louis: Photo 49
A really old timer. Sir Robert was a cousin of the banking Barclays. In Europe in 1798, he was arrested by the French and held for a year as a spy. He then served in the British parliament from 1802 to 1807. The official history of that institution records that "his affairs were in some disarray when in 1813 he obtained a place in Mauritius. Shipwreck on arrival there, 30 Jan. 1814, disposed of his effects. He wrote home to beg for an additional 500 p.a. to recoup himself. He was not implicated in the scandal of peculation among Mauritius officials that burst in 1823, and had got over his financial difficulties by then. He remained on the island as partner in a wine shipping business and died 14 Aug. 1839."
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