Noor un-Nissa, Sahib Begum'Kitty" KIRKPATRICK, ,later christened Katherine Aurora

Female 1802 - 1889


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  • Name  Noor un-Nissa, Sahib Begum'Kitty" KIRKPATRICK, ,later christened Katherine Aurora 
    Suffix  ,later christened Katherine Aurora 
    Born  9 Apr 1802  Hydrabad, Andhra Pradesh, India Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened  25 Mar 1806  St. Mary's Church, Marylebone Road Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Ref:London Metropolitan Archives, Saint Marylebone, Register of baptisms, Jun 1805 - Dec 1810
    Gender  Female 
    Died  2 Mar 1889  Villa Sorrento, Torquay, Devon Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Ref:England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966 Record for Catherine Aurora Phillipps
    Notes 
    • After 36 years of silence, Kitty was able to establish contact with her grandmother Sharaf un-Nissa with the help of Englishman Henry Russell. Although they never saw each other again, the two women corresponded regularly for six years.

      Below are the contents of Kitty's first letter to her grandmother.(Ref:White Mughals,by Upendrakishore Roychoudhury,page 490)


      "My dear Grandmother, I received many years ago, your kind letter of condolence with me on the death of my beloved brother. I was very grateful to you for it, tho' by my not having answered it, I am afraid that you may have thought that I little regarded it. But indeed I did, & the more so, because I felt that you too mourned for him I loved so well & that you too were connected with him by the binding ties of blood. Two years after his death I was married to a nephew of Sir John Kennaway's. My husband is of my own age & is a Captain in the English army. I have four children living, my eldest daughter is 11 years old. She is exactly like my husband. I have a boy of 8 years & a half, then another girl of 7 and a half who is exactly like my mothers picture & one darling infant of 19 months. I have had seven living children 1 sweet boy and two sweet girls are gone, but I am blest in those that survive. My boy is so striking an image of my father that a picture that was drawn of my father as a little boy is always taken for my boy. They have a good intellect & are blest with fair skin. I live in a nice pretty house in the midst of a garden on the sea coast. My dear husband is very kind to me & I love him greatly. I often think of you and remember you and my dear mother. I often dream that I am with you in India and that I see you both in the room you used to sit in. No day of my life has ever passed without my thinking of my dear mother. I can remember the verandah and the place where the tailors worked and a place on the house top where my mother used to let me sit down and slide. When I dream of my mother I am in such joy to have found her again that I awake, or else am pained in finding that she cannot understand the English I speak. I can well recollect her cries when we left her and I can now see the place where she sat when we parted, and her tearing her long hair.What worlds would I give to possess one lock of that beautiful and much loved hair! How dreadful to think that so many, many years have passed when it would have done my heart such good to think that you loved me & when I longed to write to you & tell you these feelings that I was never able to express, a letter which I was sure would have been detained & now how wonderful it is that after 35 years I am able for the first time to hear that you think of me, and love me, and have perhaps wondered why I did not write to you, and that you have thought me cold and insensible to such near dear ties. I thank God that he has opened for me a way of making the feelings of my heart known to you. Will this reach you & will you care for the letter of your grandchild? My own heart tells me you will. May God bless you my own dear Grandmother
    Person ID  I8440  Kirkpatrick Family Archives
    Last Modified  11 Sep 2016 

    Father  Lieut.-Colonel James Achilles KIRKPATRICK, ,of the Madras Military Establishment,   b. 28 Aug 1764, Madras , India Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Oct 1805, transit from Hyderabad to Calcutta by boat Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Khair-un-Nissa, ,the grandniece of Nawab Mahmood Ali Khan,   b. 1786, Hydrabad, Andhra Pradesh, India Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Sep 1813, Hydrabad, Andhra Pradesh, India Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  1800  Hydrabad, Andhra Pradesh, India Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • James Achilles Kirkpatrick died in Calcutta on October 15, 1805. After his death, Khair-un-Nissa was seduced by James's assistant, Henry Russel who replaced him as resident in Hyderabad. She remained his mistress at Masulipatnam , after being banned from returning to Hyderabad. Later on a visit to Madras, Russel fell for a half-Portuguese beauty and married her. Ultimately, the ban was lifted and Khair-un-Nissa returned to Hyderabad where she died on September 22, 1813 aged 27.

      After James death, their children were later transported to England to live with their grandfather , James Kirkpatrick, in London and Keston, Kent, leaving their mother in India..

    Family ID  F2917  Group Sheet

    Family  Capt. James Winsloe PHILLIPPS, ,Esq ,of Warboro,Torquay,Devon ,of the 7th Hussars,   b. 1802, Collipriest, Tiverton, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Mar 1859, Paris, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  21 Nov 1829  Sidmouth, Devon Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • James and Katherine had a total of seven children,all born in Devon.

      Katherine and the children were residing at Warboro,Torquay ,Devon during the 1861 census.

    Children 
     1. Mary Augusta PHILLIPPS, ,of Bruges,Belgium.,   b. 7 Dec 1830, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Mar 1909, Oakland, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Capt John James Winsloe PHILLIPPS, of The 60th Rifles,   b. 1834, Exmouth, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Emily Georgina PHILLIPPS,   b. 1835, Exmouth, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Bertha Elizabeth PHILLIPPS,   b. 1840, Exmouth, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1875
    Last Modified  5 Apr 2013 
    Family ID  F2918  Group Sheet




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