Bombay (Presidency)

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An administrative subdivision of British India. The Bombay Presidency covered much of western and central India, as well as parts of Pakistan and the Arabian Peninsula.

See Presidencies in the Beginners' Guide.


External links

Historical books online

Gazetteer of the Bombay Presidency
All volumes are from

Imperial Gazetteer of India Provincial Series 1908


  • A Gazetteer of the Province of Sind by AW Hughes 1876
  • The following volumes were originally available on the Digital Library of India website, now with mirror editions on Gazetteer of the Province of Sind by EH Aitken 1907. version. This publication contains matters of a permanent character and general interest. ('A' volume) There are also additional 'B' volumes (probably seven) containing statistical tables and matters of local interest, published in 1919 and 1926-1928.
Volume I- Karachi District 1919; Volume II- Hyderabad District, 1927 version; Volume III -Sukkur District 1919 version; 1928 version; Volume IV- Larkana District, 1927 version; Volume V- Nawabshah District 1926 version; Volume VI-Thar and Parkar District 1919 version. (Not available online: B Volume VII Upper Sind Frontier District, but it is available at the British Library IOR/V/27/63/110).
Illustrations of the Rock-cut Temples of India: selected from the best examples of the different series of caves at Ellora, Ajunta, Cuttack, Salsette, Karli, and Mahavellipore. Drawn on stone by Mr. T. C. Dibdin, from sketches ... made on the spot ... in the years 1838-9 by James Fergussson 1845
The Illustrations, HathiTrust Digital Library version with rotatable pages
Illustrations of the Rock-cut Temples of India. Text to Accompany the Folio Volume of Plates by James Fergussson 1845
Notes on the Rock-cut Temples and Rock-cut Palaces Near Ellora by a Recent tourist 1856. With illustrations., mirror from Granth Sanjeevani, Asiatic Society of Mumbai.
Ajanta : a handbook of Ajanta Caves descriptive of the painting and sculpture there in by Shrimant Bhawanrao Shriniwasrao 1932., Ministry of Culture [India] Collection.
Bradshaw's Hand-book to the Bombay Presidency and North-Western Provinces of India 1864 Google Books
Handbook of the Bombay Presidency with an account of Bombay City by Edward B. Eastwick, published by John Murray 2nd edition, ("for the most part rewritten") 1881
  • Our Last Years in India by Mrs John B Speid 1862., mirror from Central Secretariat Library (CSL) [Delhi] Digital Repository. The author’s husband was in command of the 2nd Regiment of the Hyderabad Contingent Infantry. She left England 27 October 1858 and the book appears to covers the period to 19 May 1861 (although the final date given is 19 May 1859). She also includes an account of the Mutiny at Aurangabad in 1857.
  • My Year in an Indian Fort by Mrs Guthrie published 1877 Volume I, Volume II The Indian Fort was at Belgaum.
Life in Western India by Mrs Guthrie published 1881 Volume I, Volume II
The author is stated to be Katharine [or more accurately Katherine] Blanche Guthrie. It appears she was staying in India with her daughter Margaret and her daughter's husband, Major William Augustus Gillespie,[1] Staff Corps, Deputy Assistant Adjutant-General (for Musketry), Belgaum.[2]
This link is part of the website about Sindh. Many books on Bombay and Sindh. Pdf format.



  1. Page 155 An history of the original Parish of Whalley, and honor of Clitheroe, to which is subjoined an account of the Parish of Cartmell, Volume 2, 4th ed. rev. and enl. by Thomas Whitaker 1876
  2. Page 414 The India List Civil and Military January 1876 Google Books.