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George Pigot, 1st Baron Pigot

(b. May 4, 1719, Westminster, London – d. May 11, 1777, Raj Bhavan, Guindy, Chennai, India )

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George Pigot (1719-1777), 1st Baron Pigot, was president of the British East India Company. In 1755 he became Governor of Madras, and returned to India in 1775 to resume this position. Pigot was at once involved in a fierce quarrel with the majority of his Council, and was arrested by Major-General James Stuart; he died a prisoner while awaiting trial. In 1779 the British parliament censured and fined those responsible for his arrest.

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