In the 1760s, a young gentleman James Burnett Esq., born in 1742 of the Burnett-Stuart line, a distant, but related branch of the Burnetts of Leys at Crathes travelled to India and Malaysia for adventure and to seek his fortune. Little can be discovered of his exploits in the east but a reference to a ‘James Burnett’ is to be found in Batavia in the 1760s. This was the period of the East India Company and the trade wars with the Dutch East India Co but it would seem that James Burnett was considered a ‘private’ Batavian citizen and in 1764-73, he and his colleague Stephen Lieve Garrison, provided a victualing service to the British garrison at Fort Marlborough in Bencoolen on the west coast of Batavia. It is however reported that James Burnett returned to Europe in October 1769. Whilst on his travels in the east James Burnett obtained the services of a young native servant named Un-tong and on his return to Scotland he took Un-tong with him. Un–tong, who was born about 1747, would have been in his early twenties when he arrived in Scotland. Can anyone shed any light on this period of Indonesian history and perhaps more on James Burnett's exploits there.?