Ian, possibly (but I don’t know definitely) this allowance may have been extended to
Indian wives who were legally married in terms of British law in India, which would only
be those who had been married in a church. Note however to be married in a church, the
Indian woman was required to become a Christian. As this would mean she would probably be
shunned by her family, very few Indian women actually took this step.
My personal view is that it would be extremely unlikely that a wives allowance would be
paid to bibis. Under British law in India they were not wives.
On 12 Jul 2018, at 5:47 pm, Ian <imacdonn(a)bigpond.net.au>
EURASIAN WIVES finally got a wives allowance, approved circa March 1825
Does anyone know if it extended then, or later, to "full blood"
If so, I'd like to try and use those records of the extended allowance to
possibly find the "bibi" of our "natural daughter", born 1826.
[Ref : Durba Ghosh; "Sex and the Family in Colonial India: The Making of
Empire"; 2006. p.240.... and its f/n 105 - "O.I.O.C., F/4/787, no. 21363
(etc); Mil letter dated 31 March 1825, nos 54-5").
Extract :- "Several years later an allowance was approved for Eurasian wives
of Company and of royal troops. In a general order that applied to the
Bengal, Bombay, and Madras presidencies, the military department agreed to
pay an allowance of Rs. 4 per month to Eurasian wives compared to Rs. 5 per
month that was already paid to European wives. The indexing of allowances
to racial status suggests that not all wives were equal. One local official
resorted to a somatic explanation and noted that half-caste wives were often
more reliable and helpful to soldiers than were European women because their
bodies were acclimatized to the weather and living conditions of India".