As far as I know, all the Master Attendants were Captains in the Indian
Marine Service, and also used their official positions to trade for
themselves with other Eastern ports, which would account for the post of
Master Attendant being quite lucrative. Several of them seem to have either
captained or owned country trade ships before settling down to a profitable
The families (Hindes, Meppen, Eaton, Norfor, Gahan, Van Someren and Mahoney)
all seem to have been connected by marriage or by the country trade - which
usually meant trading in opium for Batavia and China, with payment in tea.
Capt. Robert Meppen of Coringa married a niece of Lydia Pascal, the first
wife of my main interest, Godlieb Van Someren, merchant of Madras. Edmund
Pascal (brother of Lydia) & wife Leonora Weeden had a daughter, b c 1820
Catherine Emmeline Pascal who married Captain Robert W Meppen, mariner, at
Coringa on 1 Sep 1841.
I recently bought a book "The East Indiamen" which has a fascinating chapter
on the country trade but unfortunately no mention of master attendants or
country trade merchants in it.
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interest to you.