HARRIS, Henry

HARRIS, Henry. Mountrath, Laois, Ireland 3.1.1758 — Madras 10.8.1822. British (Irish?) Physician in India. Son of John H. and Sarah Deaves. M.D. Arrived in 1783 at Madras. Married 1786 in Madras Jane Charles, three sons and two daughters. His dictionary deals with the Dakhanī form of the language.

Publications: Dictionary, English and Hindoostany: to which is annexed a copious and useful alphabetical list of Proper Names of Men, Women, Towns, etc., a great Majority of which appear to be of Persian, Arabic or Indian Origin. 7+345 p. Madras 1790 (this is called vol. 2, but vol. 1. was not completed, the manuscript is in the British Library).

Sources: His name is much too common for Internet and does not apear in the published member lists of A.S.B. 1792–1822; C. Sivaramamurthi in The Madras Tercentenary Commemoration Volume. 1939, 156 briefly mentions that he is buried in St.George’s Cathedral Cemetery and that his portrait is to be seen in the Medical College; life dates and family were finally found in https://ancestors.familysearch.org/en/KZZQ-BWV/henry-harris-1758-1822, identity confirmed in The Indian Medical Gazette 1909, 356.

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