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Soldier and politician

Thomas Theophilus Metcalfe, Abingdon’s MP from 1796 to 1807, was an excellent example of what at the time were called nabobs. Nabobs were young men who went out to India with little or nothing and returned in middle age rich beyond the dreams of any stay-at-home save the greatest of merchants or of the landed aristocracy. Long-established social hierarchies were dislocated as these men sought to take the places their wealth entitled them to.

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