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But networks should not be mechanistically linked to identity formation without incorporating an understanding of social and professional loyalties. 73 This offers an obvious contrast with the Atlantic empire where Britons were free to move where they wished in search of employment. 74 A professional military and naval service ethic, similar to the servant ethos of the Company, was an element of domestic British identity. 75 It is possible to argue, therefore, that Britishness in Asia was far more reliant on a sense of professional and even employee identity than was the case at home.
But this was not the case. Upon his arrival in India, Alexander joined a circle of other Scots who maintained what may best be described as a Scottish household identity. Along with younger counterparts like Harry Crawford, he lodged with the Scottish surgeon Gilbert Pasley and began his social and professional networking from this informal Scottish base. As he informed his father, ‘We were about two months together and I had an opportunity of seeing through his character [Crawford’s], which is truly noble.
65-75; J. R. Ward, ‘The British West Indies in the age of abolition, 1748-1815’, in P. J. ), The Oxford History of the British Empire, Vol. 2: The Eighteenth Century (Oxford, 1998), p. 433. For Scottish employment via networks and the crucial fact that the Hudson’s Bay Company faced competition from a non-corporate source, see Karras, Sojourners in the Sun, pp. 144-5; Jennifer S. H. Brown, Strangers in Blood: Fur Trading Company Families in Indian Country (Vancouver, 1985), p. 36. British Library, India Office Records [IOR], B/59, p.