Weekend tribute to Alexander Dow

AT the recent Annual General Meeting of the South West Maritime History Society at Topsham in Devon, Derek Janes of Gunsgreen House spoke about the man who the famous mansion house is playing tribute to this weekend.

Alexander Dow worked for John Nisbet at Gunsgreen in the early 1750s and took passage on a Privateer (licensed pirate ship) which cruised from Falmouth in 1757. In September of that year the ship ended her voyage at Dartmouth where the 21 year old Alexander Dow made his will leaving everything that he had to his “beloved friend David Nisbet, Merchant in Eyemouth, North Britain”.

It was the relationship with Dow that ended up bringing about John Nisbet’s downfall. You can hear more about this at Gunsgreen House this Sunday, June 19 – almost exactly 275 years after Dow’s death – when there will be an afternoon of events devoted to this extraordinary man – author of the first history of India to be published in English. Speakers will be Derek Janes of Gunsgreen House and Anne Buddle of the National Galleries of Scotland.

The event starts at 2pm, stops for tea at 4pm, after which Derek will give a guided tour of the House.To book places (£7.50 full price/£6.50 concession) call Gunsgreen House on 018907 52062, call into the House or email enquiries@gunsgreenhouse.org