SHIRT, George. Cawthorne, Yorkshire 1843 — Quetta 16.6.1886. Rev. British Missionary in India. Educated in London and Cambridge (B.A. 1864). Left for India in 1866 and worked in Hyderabad, Sindh, and, after a furlough 1873–75, in Karachi and elsewhere. In 1881 in Quetta learned Brahui. After another furlough, 1882–85, returned via Persia. Worked in Sukkur on Sindhī translation of the Bible. In 1886 again in Quetta working on Brahui, but soon took ill and died. Married 1868, eight children (who changed their surname to Hirst). His linguistic work on Sindhī and Brahui was aimed at facilitating the Bible translation.
Publications: With Udharan Thavurdas & S. F. Mirza: A Sindhi–English Dictionary. 919 p. Kurrachee 1879.
Sources: J. Bambridge, JRAS N.S. 19, 1887, 687f.; A.R. MacDuff, The Utmost Bound of the Everlasting Hills or Memories of Christ’s Frontier Force in North-Western India. L. 1902, 59-109 (much praise, little information).
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