Explore the pension registers of ancestors who worked in India, Burma and other territories administered by the India Office with the British East India Company and the Civil Service. Discover where they were posted, what they did and the size of their pension, and other biographical information.
The amount of information you can discover can vary, but the East India Company Service pensions usually include a combination of the following information about your ancestors:
Name of applicant
Date of application
Liability of applicant
Date of payments
Duration of payments
Name of recipient
Age of applicant
Station of applicant
Relations of applicant
Baptism, marriage and death details of applicant
Baptism details of applicant’s children
Death of applicant
Daughter's marriage dates
Remarks on applicant
Most records from the British in India Collection include an image and a transcript of the original document.
Over 10,074 records of pensions paid to Company employees and civil servants between 1749 and 1957.
The records consist of pension registers from the Poplar and Civil Funds.
The Poplar Fund applied to officers and seamen of the East India Company mercantile marine and their families. Service records are given, as well as details of marriages and the baptisms of children.
The Bengal Civil Fund, the Madras Civil Fund and the Bombay Civil Fund provided benefits for the widows and children of members of the East India Company and Indian Civil Service. They also include details the applicant’s occupation, family members and period of employment as well as details of payments.
The almost 2.5 million British In India records are sourced from the original India Office Records and Private Papers held by the British Library. These records comprise the archives of the East India Company (1600-1858), the Board of Control or Board of Commissioners for the Affairs of India (1784 – 1858), the India Office (1858-1947), the Burma Office (1937-1947), and a number of related British agencies.