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Name: Eliza Macleod

Burial Number: 1622

Gender: Female

Born: 01/06/1858

Died: 006/10/1935

Buried: 10/10/1935


Eliza Agnes Wilson was born in India on 1st June 1858. She was the daughter of James Minden Wilson, 28yrs, an Indigo Planter (see below), and Janet Mary, 19yrs, nee MacKenzie. She was one of ten children, of whom 9 were born in India. On14th June 1881, aged 23yrs, Eliza married Malcolm MacLeod, 33yrs, in Dalhousie, Bengal. They had 3 children, Malcolm Neynoe MacLeod b.1882, Kathleen Dorette McLeod b.1883, and Minden Whyte-Melville MacLeod b.1887, known as Melville.

Eliza was widowed in October 1899, and she returned to England with Melville; in 1901 they were living in Maidstone, Kent, with her mother. In 1911, Eliza was living in Boundary Road, Worthing, with her parents and sister, Jessie Wilson. Her mother died in 1913 in Surrey and her father returned to India where he died in 1923, aged 92yrs.

Eliza remained in Worthing, she was living at Raasay, 18, St. Botolph’s Road, when she died on 6th October 1935, at Worthing Hospital, aged 77yrs.

Probate was granted to her son, Malcolm Neynoe MacLeod, Brigadier-General, H.M. Army. Effects £13686 12s 7d. Value 2021 – £1,022,000.

Researcher: Maggi Martin

The Grave

Photograph of headstone for Eliza Macleod

Location in Cemetery

Area: SWS Row: 3 Plot: 1

Exact Location (what3words): asleep.pads.times

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



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In loving memory of Eliza Agnes Macleod died 6th October 1935 aged 77 years "I give unto them eternal life"

Further Information


Name: Eliza Agnes Macleod

Gender: Female

Born: 01/06/1858

Town: Bengal

County: Unknown

Country: India


Maiden Name:Wilson

Marriage Date: 14/06/1881

Spouse First Name: Malcolm

Spouse Last Name: MacLeod

Town of Marriage: Dalhousie

County of Marriage: Bengal

Country of Marriage: India

Information at Death

Date of Death: 006/10/1935

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: Raasay

Address line 2: 18

Address line 3: St. Botolph's Road

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


No obituary has been entered.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £13686 12 s 7 d

Current value of effects: £1022000

Census Information


Living at 233, Boxley Road, Maidstone, Kent. Eliza MacLeod, Hd. 41yrs, widow, living on own means, mother, Janet Wilson, 63yrs, son, Melville, 14yrs, plus 2 domestic servants.


Living at Adveana, Boundary Road, Worthing, Sussex. Minden James Wilson, Hd. 80yrs, wife, Janet Margaret Wilson, 72yrs, daughters, Jessie Margaret Wilson, 53yrs, single, Eliza Agnes MacLeod, 52yrs, widow, plus 1 domestic servant.

Miscellaneous Information

Before the Portuguese, who were the first Europeans in India, traded with India, there was extensive trading for centuries by the Arabs between the west coast of India and southern Europe. The Indigo plant or dye was one of the items of trade.

These dyes were very expensive and only the very wealthy could afford them hence the term ” royal blue”.

Under British power, indigo planting became more and more commercially profitable because of the demand for blue dye in Europe. It was introduced in large parts of present Bangladesh and the indigo planters persuaded the peasants to plant indigo instead of food crops on their own lands. They provided loans, called dadon, at a very high interest. Once a farmer took such loans he remained in debt for his whole life before passing it to his successors. The price paid by the planters was meagre, only 2.5% of the market price. The farmers could make no profit growing indigo. The farmers were totally unprotected from the indigo planters, and under this severe oppression, in 1859, the farmers resorted to revolt.