AYTON, James Alexander. Calcutta 1791? — near Budge Budge (now in Kolkata Metropolitan area) 10.8.1832, when 41. British Colonial Officer in India. Son of James Ayton and Margaret Burges, of Scottish origin. Lieutenant, Assistant Professor of Arabic and Persian at College of Fort William in Calcutta (1820), later Brevet Captain. Resigned c. 1825, lived in Calcutta and apparently continued at College. Married Adriana Maria Davidson (née in’t Veld, 1797–1839), divorce 1831. Died in his pinnace.
Publications: A grammar of the Nepalese Language. 9+60 p. Calcutta 1820.
– The Diseases and Breeding of Camels. 4+17 p. Calcutta 1828.
Sources: Parents and death in geni.com; death in Calcutta Magazine 33, Sept. 1832, 122 (& Asiatic Journal 10, 1833, 120); title pages of his books.
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