WENDEL, François-Xavier

WENDEL, François-Xavier. 1732? — Lakhnau 20.3.1803. Father. German Jesuit Missionary in India. Very little is known of his life. He arrived in India in 1751. First in Goa and Diu, from 1763 in Lakhnau, later also in Agra, but often ill. For a while he served the Rāja of Bhāratpur. He was interested in geography and corresponded with several scholars (Wilford, Anquetil-Duperron, Rennell). He supported British power and showed condescending attitude towards Indians.

Publications: Les mémoires de Wendel sur les jāṭ, les paṭhān et les sikhs. Texte établi et annoté par J. Deloche. 13+186 p. P.E.F.E.O. 120. P. 1979 (written in 1767/68).

Sources: J. Deloche, D.O.L.F. 976f.; the birth year given in https://www.jatland.com/home/Father_F.X._Wendel remains unconfirmed, English tr. by J. Walker. Pondichéry 1991.

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