The Suicide of Robert Clive of India: A strange end to a glorious life?

Philanthony
The History Inquiry
8 min readJun 13, 2023

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Robert Clive of Plassey, meeting with Mir Jafar after the battle of Plassey, by Francis Hayman (Public Domain)

On the afternoon of November 22nd, 1774, Robert Clive — Lord Clive of India as he was commonly known — was found dead in the bathroom of his grand home at Walcot in the county of Shropshire. The same night, his body was taken to the nearby church at Moreton Say. There, with only a few mourners present at the funeral, he was interred, the exact location of his grave…

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