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James Fergusson


Scottish writer on architecture and India merchant. Established a successful indigo factory in India, retiring after about ten years. Travelled widely in India and published many works on its architecture. General manager of the Crystal Palace Company, 1856–8. Member of the Royal Commission inquiring into the defences of Britain, 1857. Inspector of public buildings and monuments at the Office of Public Works, 1869.




DNB: Dictionary of national biography. Edited by Leslie Stephen and Sidney Lee. 63 vols. and 2 supplements (6 vols.). London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1912. Dictionary of national biography 1912–90. Edited by H. W. C. Davis et al. 9 vols. London: Oxford University Press. 1927–96.