Highlighting some of the lesser known, but just as important past Armenian characters in India.
Those Armenians who have some sort of connection, or maybe simply buried in Calcutta and other locations in India, I re-create their lives and put them into short stories, at least as much as I am able to.
The Armenians of India are unique and their stories need to be told. I hope this blog goes a little way to telling those stories.
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Saturday, 10 May 2014
Lost And Forgotten: Who Buried The Armenian Bishop?
Parish register transcripts from the Presidency of
Two anonymous Armenian burials
and an Armenian Bishop in Bombay in 1810 almost lost amongst the many deaths of soldiers from various regiments.
Extract of a burial register for Bombay 1810
Indian registers hold basic details,
no other record exists today for these long forgotten individuals. This is a
sanitised return with no further information as to where and what circumstances
they were buried.
An unknown Armenian man buried on
the 9th October, the next day an Armenian Bishop named Mackertich and later in
the month on the 28th another Armenian name unknown. Were they buried by an Armenian priest, according
to Armenian rites? It is impossible to know. There does not seem to be any kind
of newspaper report for them and indeed it is difficult to know how “name
unknown” could have possibly received an Armenian burial.
The Armenian Church
registers for that period in Bombay have long since gone so there are no original
birth, marriage or death records of the old Armenian community save for what
can be garnered from papers, documents, newspapers in repositories around the
As for the Bishop Mackertich buried by someone just as anonymous as him,
today he lies somewhere in the ground of a bustling Bombay, in an unknown
location, long forgotten, no one to remember him but for 4 words in an old
register “The Armenian Bishop Mackertich”.