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British in India wills
« on: Sunday 10 February 19 13:50 GMT (UK) »
Hello,

I have been doing some research for a friend of mine whos family who lived in india for a few generations from 1800s-1900s.
I came across the Will of a James Augustus Brunton Douglas who died in 1909 and the will was read in 1910.
the final sum of which was written as '900-"-"' (in rupees). Im pretty sure the " cannot denote '000' as that would be a crazy amount (even in rupees).
What was this amount? or does this indeed denote 900,000,000 rupees?

Also i came across something odd with this family. James Augustus' middle name 'Brunton' appears to have not passed down to his son but his grandchildren took it on and changed their name to 'Brunton-Douglas'. I cannot figure why for this one out for the life of me!
For context, James Augustus had a son called Victor Laurie Wilfred Douglas (b.1886 india, d. 1969 Birmingham uk) who then had a son called Oscar Augustus Brunton-Douglas (b.1911 india, d.1987 Birmingham, Uk) and the name carries on to this day!
Any ideas are welcome for that one aswell.

Cheers,
Joel

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Re: British in India wills
« Reply #1 on: Sunday 10 February 19 15:26 GMT (UK) »
At this period the rupee was subdivided into 16 annas, and each anna into 4 paisas (or pice). I suspect what you have here is 900 rupees, 0 annas and 0 pice.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_rupee#Coinage_since_the_British_period

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Re: British in India wills
« Reply #2 on: Sunday 10 February 19 15:31 GMT (UK) »
Brilliant! thanks for the help

Research Intrests.
Manchester:Fraser, Jennings, Reid, Worsley
Wolverhampton:Hill, Griffiths, Harper, Whitehouse, Tarbuck, Asprey
Willenhall:Aston
Wales:Griffiths,Jennings
Warwickshire: Harper
Ireland County Dublin: Reid