DRURY, Heber. Harrow-on-the-Hill, Middlesex 4.3.1819 (22.5. is probably the date of baptism) — Holton, Mayfield 30.10.1905. British Colonial Officer in India, a Botanist. Son of Harry Dr., a classical scholar, and Ann Caroline Tyler. Educated at Harrow. After cadetship joined Madras Native Infantry in 1837, served in Travancore. Captain 1846. In 1852-62 assistant to General William Cullent, Resident in Travancore. Lieutenant-Colonel 1863, Colonel 1867 and retired. Married 1852 Annie Playfair Ross (d. 1859), five children.
Publications: “Remarks on some lately discovered Roman Gold Coins”, JASB 20, 1851, 371-387 (in Kerala).
– The Useful Plants of India; with Notices of their Uses in Medicine, Commerce, and the Arts. Madras 1858, 2nd ed. 512 p. L. 1873.
– Handbook of the Indian Flora. Being a Guide to all the Flowering Plants hitherto described as indigenous to the Continent of India. 1-3. Madras 1862-69.
– Translated from Dutch: Letters from Malabar, by Jacob Canter Visscher. 191 p. Madras 1862.
– Reminiscences of Life and Sport in Southern India. 230 p. L. 1890.
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