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Partner of William Vaudrey Glascott
Mother of Mary Anne Donohoe; William Frederick Glascott and Eliza Butler

Managed by: Keith Millard
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About Portuguese Christian

24.12.2017

Unfortunately it has not been possible to find any documentation confirming the identity of this woman who became the partner of William Vaudery Glascott when he came to India, However, below is the information from her direct descendent Noël Prothery who currently lives in France:

"The closest, family wise, I ever got to know, about William Vaudrey Glascott's wife is from my grand mother, Flora Ellen Mc Cloughin (1882-1981), née Savage. She was T.A. Savage's daughter.

When asked about this mysterious ancestor she invariably said she was Portuguese.

You may know that after Bombay was brought to the British crown by Portuguese princess Catherine of Braganza on marrying Charles II some Portuguese left and went to Goa but most of them remained in Bombay. During Portuguese rule the Catholic church had always promoted mixed marriages in order to convert the "locals". A new class of Eurasians appeared. They were called Portuguese Christians..

I believe from my grand-mother's hearsay and historical background, that unless she was plain Portuguese, this is what William Vaudrey Glascott's wife was : a Portuguese Christian.

I understand that a distant cousin through female lineage (the only one possible for scientific accuracy) was discovered in NZ who made some DNA tests showing she had some Indian blood. This corroborates both family information and scientific evidence.

When the East India Cy sent W. V. Glascott to Bombay there were no English "maidens" available. They were simply not allowed to travel to India on their own. Either you went home to England to marry or you married someone local which is what most men did whatever their class or rank.

This was just a few years before a flow of English women finally joined their fiancés or husbands in India. And it is believed that mostly through ignorance and fear, these women inaugurated segregation. In a way this fitted in very well with Hindu segregationist cast traditions." (from email to Stefan Mroczek 2017)

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