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The East India Company (EIC) was also known as the Honourable East India Company (HEIC), as John Company, or in India as Company Bahadur (Hindustani bahādur, "brave")[1]. The name United East-India Company was also used. It was a joint-stock company that was granted an English Royal Charter on December 31, 1600 by Elizabeth I. The British East India Company started out as a commercial trading venture, but grew in strength and eventually virtually ruled India until the Indian Mutiny in 1857.

FIBIS Resources

  • Alphabetical list of Directors of the East India Company from 1758-1858
  • A review by Richard Morgan of the book The Chaplains of the East India Company, 1601-1858 by Daniel O’Connor 2012. FIBIS Journal Number 27 (Spring 2012), pages 53-54. For details of how to access this article see FIBIS Journals
  • "Sir Thomas Theophilus Metcalfe, Director of the HEIC" by George Buxton FIBIS Journal Number 29 (Spring 2013) pages 49-50. He lived 1745-1813. See FIBIS Journals for details of how to access this article
  • "The East India Company: some snapshots of its history (Part 1)" by David Blake FIBIS Journal Number 33 (Spring 2015) pages 43-50.
"The East India Company: some snapshots of its history (Part 2)" by David Blake FIBIS Journal Number 34 (Autumn 2015) pages 38-44.
For details of how to access these articles, see FIBIS Journals.

Related articles

External links

"The rise and rise of the East India Company" by William Dalrymple 5 September 2019 Financial Review, archived link. An extract from The Anarchy: the relentless rise of the East India Company by William Dalrymple.
Listen to William Dalrymple on the East India Company October 7, 2019 History Extra Podcast from BBC. How a single London corporation took over the Mughal empire and became a major imperial power.
Listen to William Dalrymple on the ruthless rise of the British East India Company Part of the ABC [Australian Broadcasting Commission] radio series Conversations with Richard Fidler , broadcast 4 November 2019.


Historical books online

Volume 1 1602-1613 1896 Volume 2 1613-1615 1897 Volume 3 1615 1899 Volume 4 1616 1900 Volume 5 1617 January to June 1901 Volume 6, 1617 July-December 1902
  • The Embassy of Sir Thomas Roe to the Court of the Great Mogul, 1615-1619, as narrated in his journal and correspondence. Edited by William Foster 1899 Volume I, Volume II Archive.org
  • The English Factories in India: A Calendar of Documents in the India Office, British Museum and Public Records Office by William Foster Archive.org
1618-1621 1906 1622-1623 1908 1624-1629 1909 1630-1633 1910 1634-1636 1911 1637-41 1912 1642-45 1913 1646-1650 1914 1651-1654 1915 1655-1660 1921 1661-1664 1923. Volume 12 1665-1667, Archive.org mirror version DLI 1925 and Volume 13 1668-1669, Archive.org version DLI although the author is incorrectly catalogued.
The English Factories in India ... New series by Sir Charles Fawcett. vol. 1. The Western Presidency, 1670-1677. 1936. vol. 2. The Eastern Coast and Bengal, 1670-1677. 1952. vol. 3. Bombay, Surat and Malabar Coast 1678-1684. 1954. vol. 4. The Eastern Coast and Bay of Bengal 1678-1684. 1955. Vol I Archive.org version, DLI; Vol III Archive.org version, DLI; Vol IV Archive.org version, DLI. HathiTrust Digital Library for those with University access, the latter catalogue entry says: In this "new set of volumes...the contents of the records are to be digested into a readable account of the main events in each year."
  • Calendar of State Papers, Colonial Series edited by W Noel Sainsbury. Archive.org and HathiTrust Digital Library.
Volume 2 East Indies, China and Japan 1513-1616 1862; Volume 3 East Indies, China and Japan 1617-1621 1870, Archive.org version; Volume 4 East Indies, China and Japan 1622-1624 1878, Archive.org version; Volume 6 East Indies, China and Persia 1625-1629 1884; Volume 8 East Indies and Persia 1630-1634 1892. [v. 1, 5, 7, 9- America and West Indies].
  • A Calendar of the Court Minutes, Etc. of the East India Company by Ethel Bruce Sainsbury Archive.org
1635-1639 1907 1640-1643 1909 1644-1649 1912 1650-1654 1913 1655-1659 1916 1660-1663 1922
  • A collection of treaties, engagements, and sunnuds, relating to India and neighbouring countries, compiled by C U Aitchison Google Books Index Volume 1866.
Volume 1 Bengal, Burmah and the Eastern Archipelago 1862, Volume 2 The N. W. Provinces, Oudh, Nipal, the Punjab and the States on the Punjab Frontier 1863
Volume 3 The Peishwa, Nagpore and Bundelcund 1863 Archive.org, Volume 4 Rajpootana, Central India, and Malwa. 1864
Volume 5 Hyderabad, Mysore, Coorg, the Madras Presidency, and Ceylon 1864, Volume 6 The States within the Bombay Presidency. 1864
Volume 7 Sindh, Beloochistan, Persia, and Herat; Turkish Arabia and The Persian Gulf; and The Arabian and African Coasts. With a supplement 1865.
Some later editions are available on the website Archive.org
John Company by William Foster 1926. Archive.org, mirror from Central Secretariat Library (CSL) [Delhi] Digital Repository.
Proceedings Relative to Ships Tendered for the Service of the United East-India Company, from the Twenty-sixth of March, 1794, to the Sixth of January, 1795: With an Appendix Google Books
Proceedings Relative to Ships Tendered for the Service of the United East-India Company, from the Second July, 1806, to the Twenty- Seventh September, 1809: With an Appendix Google Books


  1. Honourable East India Company. “National Arms and Emblems Past and Present” hubert-herald.nl