Monday, 9 April 2018

Equestrian statue of Lord Mayo, an outstanding British Administrator

Lord Mayo - Barrackpore ,West Bengal.
Above image: This  equestrian statue is in Barrackpore, West Bengal. Sculptor(s): Thomas Thornycroft (1815 – 1885) was an English sculptor and engineer. he spent four years as an assistant to the sculptor John Francis. In 1840 he married Francis’ daughter, Mary, who was also a sculptor. 
In 2007, a statue of Lord Mayo was  accidentally unearthed in Jaipur, Rajasthan. The 9-foot-tall (2.7 m) cast-iron statue, weighing around 3 tons, was sculpted at the request of  Maharajah Ram Singh ji of Jaipur, as a tribute to Lord Mayo  soon after his assassination. The sculptors were J. Forsyth and R. Monti. It is on the premises of Mayp Hospital, jaipur, now called the Mahilya Chikatsalya. The statue is now in Mayo College, Ajmir, UP.
Lord Mayao.
Richard Southwell Bourke (1822 –1872) was British Conservative party politician of repute and in  1869 he became the fourth Viceroy of India where he was often referred to as “Lord Mayo”.  Mayo was born in Dublin, entered parliament in 1847, thrice appointed Chief Secretary for Ireland – in 1852, 1858 and 1866.  Being a good statesmen and hard worker,  no time was lost when he was the chief administrator and he began consolidating the troublesome  frontiers of India and restructured  the country’s finances. Besides, he also focused  his attention to other areas like irrigation, railways, forests and other useful public works. The first two fields  got his priorities. Better irrigation meant better food production that was good for the country. Improvements and expansion of the railways meant better access to the resources and easy connectivity to the major harbor areas for exports. Besides, with better railroad connection, he could move the military across the country without any difficulties The very first census took place in 1872 under his administration. The European-oriented Mayo College at Ajmer was founded by him for the education of young Indian chiefs, with £70,000 being subscribed by the chiefs themselves.

Unfortunately while on a visit to the convict settlement  there on the Andaman Islands at Port Blair  to examine the prison condtions and welfare of the convicts, he was assassinated by Sher Ali Afridi, an Afghan  tribesman.  

Mayo's body was taken to to Ireland  for burial at the medieval ruined church in Johns town, County Kildare, near his home at Palmerstown House. As for the assassin Sher Ali, he was hanged to death.,_6th_Earl_of_Mayo