COLEBROOKE, Thomas Edward

COLEBROOKE, Thomas Edward.Calcutta 19.8.1813 — London 11.1.1890. Sir (4th Bart.). British Gentleman and Politician (liberal) interested in History. Son of —> H. T. C. and Elizabeth Wilkinson (d. 1814). Educated at Eton and Haileybury. Joined E.I.C. and worked in Allahabad 1832-35, returned to comfort his father after the death of his brother George. “Succeeded in Baronet in 1838 [after his uncle], was nearly 40 years M.P. for Taunton and Lanarkshire; was not a scholar, but was in sympathy with Oriental scholars and with research; was President of the R.A.S. 1864-66, 1875-77, 1881.” Married 1857 Elizabeth Margaret Richardson, three daughters and three sons.

Publications: Edited his father’s Miscellaneous Essays. 1-2. L. 1837, 2nd ed. 1-3. L. 1873.

– “The Life of H. T. C.” in JRAS 5, 1839, 1-61 and in Misc. Essays 2nd ed. Vol. 1, 1873; “Essays by H. T. Colebrooke, JRAS 18, 1861 221-344.

– “On Imperial and other Titles”, JRAS 9, 1877, 314-420; “On the Proper Names of the Mohammadans”, JRAS 11, 1879, 171-237 & 13, 1881, 237-280.

The Creeds of India. A Lecture. 114 p. Glashow 1880.

Life of Mountstuart Elphinstone. 1-2. L. 1884; edited and published the third vol. of Elphinstone’s India.

Sources: *Sheila Binns, Sir Edward Colebrooke of Abington and Ottershaw, Baronet and Member of Parliament: The Four Lives of an Extraordinary Victorian., 2014; Buckland, Dictionary; R.N.C[ust], JRAS 1890, 498-501; Br. Biogr. Arch. 2nd Series; Wikipedia with portrait and a caricature (by Leslie Ward, first publ. in *Vanity Fair 28.2.1885).

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