COTTON, Arthur Thomas. Combermere, Cheshire 15.5.1803 — Dorking, Surrey 24.7.1899. Sir. British Colonial Officer in India. General. Son of Henry Calvely C. and Matilda Lockwood. After Addiscombe joined Madras Engineer Group in 1819, served first in the U.K., arrived at Madras in 1821. Conducted various surveys in South India. In 1825-26 participated in the first Anglo-Burmese war. Constructed irrigation and navigation canals in Andhra. In 1848-50 on sick leave in Australia. Chief Engineer 1852. Retired in 1860. K.C.S.T. 1877. Married Mary Ann Seyes, three daughters and two sons.
Publications: Public Works in India, their importance, with suggestions for their extension and improvement. Rev. 2nd ed. 18+288 p. Cornhill 1854.
– “The Study of Living Languages”, MJLS 18 (N.S. 2), 1857, 214-253 (methods of fieldwork).
– 1000 shord colloquial sentences composed of 100 common Teloogoo words, with verbal and free translations. 1-2. 6+37+8+48 p. Madras 1859; Arabic Primer. 36 p. L. 1876.
Sources: *Lady Hope (his daughter), General Sir Arthur Cotton, His Life and Work. L. 1900; *S. Hots, Biographical Dictionary of Civil Engineers in Great Britain and Ireland 2, 2008, 195-199; Wikipedia with three photos and a statue (in Hyderabad).
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