The Mutiny at the Margins series takes a fresh look at the revolt of 1857 from original and unusual perspectives, focusing in particular on neglected socially marginal groups and geographic areas which have hitherto tended to be unrepresented in studies of this cataclysmic event in British imperial and Indian historiography.
Chapter 8: The Letter of Dr Thomas Guthrie and Riposte of Lord Elphinstone
The Letter of Dr Thomas Guthrie and Riposte of Lord Elphinstone
THE Reverend Thomas Guthrie was a well-known Free Church preacher in Edinburgh at the time of the Indian Uprising. He addressed a letter to an Edinburgh newspaper on this important subject, which was subsequently republished in the Bombay Gazette on 8 January 1859. This attracted the attention of the Governor of Bombay Presidency, Lord Elphinstone, who objected to the drawing of a parallel between ‘Scotch patriots and Indian mutineers’ in a minute that he immediately drafted on the subject. He also condemned the Indian press for publishing the letter. The divergent views of these two Scottish contemporaries are reproduced below.
Reverend Doctor Thomas Guthrie, ...