A borough of southeast England on the English Channel at the entrance to the Strait of Dover. Hastings is near the site of William the Conqueror's victory over the Anglo-Saxons under Harold II (October 14, 1066).
(place) City in East Sussex, SE England, on the English Channel: near the site of the decisive battle (Battle of Hastings, 1066) in the Norman Conquest of England.
When Hastings landed at Calcutta in October 1750 the affairs of the East India Company were at a low ebb.
Hastings was a man of immense industry, with an insatiable appetite for detail.
Thus unfortunate in his birth, young Hastings received the elements of education at a charity school in his native village.
No Englishman ever understood the native character so well as Hastings; none ever devoted himself more heartily to the promotion of every scheme, great and small, that could advance the prosperity of India.
His mother died a few days after giving him birth; his father, Pynaston Hastings, drifted away to perish obscurely in the West Indies.