BURT, Thomas Seymour

BURT, Thomas Seymour. 1805 — Cotmandene, Dorking 8/9.3.1890. British Colonial Officer in India. Possibly from Plymouth. Educated in 1821-23 at Addiscombe. From 1824 served as lieutenant in Bengal Engineers, from 1843 major, in 1847 dismissed. In 1840 discovered the Bairāṭ Edict (erroneously called the Bhabra Edict) of Aśoka.

N.B. all sources available fail to discern between the Major and his namesake, the vicar of Cannington (Somerset), who wrote poetry (partly under nom-de-plume Koi-Hai). In every source checked only one of them is mentioned and under him are given the works of both.

Publications: Articles on Indian inscriptions in the JASB 1834, 1839, 1840, 1841, also papers on science.

Miscellaneous Papers on Scientific Subjects, written in India. 1-3. L. 1858-65 (or 1837-68?).

Sources: Four confused accounts (best by Boase) in Br. Biogr. Arch.; a new check with Internet did not help much.

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