Hastings was a man of immense industry, with an insatiable appetite for detail.
When Hastings landed at Calcutta in October 1750 the affairs of the East India Company were at a low ebb.
Thus unfortunate in his birth, young Hastings received the elements of education at a charity school in his native village.
WARREN HASTINGS (1732-1818), the first governor-general of British India, was born on the 6th of December 17 3 2 in the little hamlet of Churchill in Oxfordshire.
His mother died a few days after giving him birth; his father, Pynaston Hastings, drifted away to perish obscurely in the West Indies.