DAVIDSON, John. 28.8.1845 — 9.9.1917. British Colonial Officer in India. Son of the physician Alexander D. Educated at Winchester College, joined the army in 1863 and the Pañjab Cavalry in 1866. From 1875 assistant adjutant-general in Pañjab Frontier Force. Served in the Jowaki-Afridi expedition in 1877-78. Deputy assistant quarter-master-general, in the Afghan campaign 1878-79. Assistant quarter-master-general, in Waziri expedition 1880. In 1885-86 military secretary of Pañjab Government. In 1896-98 colonel on staff in Chitral. C.B. Apparently retired in 1898, as colonel. Married 1877 Anna Elliott, three children.

Publications: “Some Notes on the Language of Chitral, and Idiomatic Sentences, and ten popular Stories”, IA 29, 1900, 214-220, 246-250.

Notes on the Bashgali (Kafir) language. 13+195 p. JASB 71 Extra No. 1. Calcutta 1902.

S. Konow: Bashgali dictionary: an analysis of Colonel J. Davidson’s notes on the Bashgali language. 307 p. Calcutta 1913.

Sources: Buckland, Dictionary; Who Was Who 1916–1928; nothing more in Br. Biogr. Arch. 1st & 2nd Series; no further works in the N.U.C. Some scraps of information were culled from Internet, but the ice-hockey player and the entertainer of the same name make it almost impossible to trace our JD there.

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