ELMSLIE, William Jackson

ELMSLIE, William Jackson. Aberdeen 29.6.1832 — Gujrat (now Pakistan) 18.11.1872. British Missionary Physician in India. Son of James E., a tradesman, and Barbara Lawrence. School and studies in Aberdeen (no degree), in 1862-64 medical studies at Edinburgh (M.D.). Although himself Presbyterian, in 1864 he joined Church Missionary Society. Worked summers in Kashmir and winters in Amritsar, in 1865-72. He founded Kashmir’s first dispensary in 1865 in Srinagar. Married 1872 Margaret Duncan (1852–1882). His is the first published dictionary of Kaśmīrī.

Publications: A Vocabulary of the Kashmírí Language. In two Parts: Kashmírí–English and English–Kashmírí. 264 p. L. 1872.

Sources: *M.D. Elmslie (widow) & W.B. Thomson, Seedtime in Kashmir: A Memoir of W.J.E. L. 1875 (with photo); Wikipedia.

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