Tuesday, 21 August 2012

David Brown 1778-1825

David Brown was famous in Penang. He had owned a section of Penang island - a piece of land called Brown Garden where his house/office was built initially. When I was in Penang in the early 1960s, Brown Garden was still a controversial piece of land. Brown Garden was bordered by the lands of 2 Malays  - Datuk Jenaton whose land is now the Minden Heights housing area, and the other was Dr Che Lah bin Md Joonos, an early Malay doctor, whose land was atop Bukit Pemancar, while Brown Garden was mainly in the lowland/valley, but it stretched up to the hilly region. I don't have the full story but some Penangites may still remember the story about Brown Garden.

Title Correspondence of David Brown
Reference RCMS 103/13
(former reference: BAM XIII)
Creator Brown, David, 1778-1825
Covering Dates 1801–1825
Extent and Medium 1 file; paper; mixed scripts
Content and context
David Brown was born in Longformacus, Berwickshire, Scotland in 1778. He studied law in Edinburgh, but joined his countryman James Scott's mercantile business in Penang in 1800. Scott was the trading partner of Francis Light, who had taken over Light 's estate after his death in 1794. Brown succeeded Scott when he died in 1808. Brown became the largest land owner and planter in Penang, pioneering the introduction of nutmeg cultivation. He died in 1825 when travelling to Malacca.
26 letters concerning economic development and the management of his estates exchanged between Brown and various correspondents. The collection includes eight letters from Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles. The file also includes a typescript copy of the will of Francis Light.

Glugor House in Brown Garden, Glugor/Gelugor.
Photo was taken from Penang - Past and Present.
Brown Estate, Buildings structures, planter's bungalow,
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Title: Glugor House
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Source: The Penang State Library Collection 
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Gelugor House and Spice Plantations in Gelugor. 
Gelugor House was owned by David Brown, who settled in Penang circa 1800. 
In the plantations were grown pepper, nutmegs, cloves and other spices

There are 3 Brown names - David Brown, Dr David Brown, and FS Brown.

Duke of Edinburgh visit, Government Officials, (l) Anson Lieutenant Governor of Penang, (4l) Sir Harry Ord Gov of SS, (3r) F S Brown Glugor Estate, centre - Sir William Hackett Judge,
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Title: Colonel Anson and welcoming party
Year: 1869
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Lindsay Gasik said...

Thank you for this informative article about the Brown Estate.
I am doing research on a durian variety called Red Prawn or Ang Har which is supposed to come from the Brown Estate. Do you know how I can learn more about the Brown Estate and it's current status, as well as where exactly the durian may have come from? Thanks!

Lindsay Gasik said...

Great informative article about the Brown Estate! I am doing research on a durian variety called Red Prawn which supposedly originated there. Do you know how I can find out more on the history of this durian? Thanks!

Prof Faridah said...

Hi Lindsay Gasik,
I don't have any further information on the Brown Estate. I have re-posted your comments at this blog and followed up with further search results. I will try and write to various people who work in galleries, libraries and museums to help. Hopefully, some readers can be of help too.