Dr. James Crichton, a trader and physician who made his fortune in India and China, retired to the district. His widow initially wished to found a university, but this was refused. From his legacy, about £85,000 ($150,000 U.S.) was used to found the Crichton Royal Hospital. Of grandiose design, it included a cathedral-like church, a farm of over 900 acres, and an artesian well. A rock garden was built, and plant specimens were obtained from as far away as Darjeeling.