DOW, Alexander

DOW, Alexander. Perthshire 1735/36 — Bhagalpur 31.7.1779. British (Scots) Colonial Officer, Historian and Persian Scholar in India. Had mercantile education, but had to leave Scotland after a fatal duel. He came to Bencoolen (Sumatra) as a sailor and entered in 1760 the E.I.C.’s military service. Captain 1764, lieutenant-colonel 1769. Also known as a dramatist author, his plays were staged in London when he was on leave there in 1768 and 1774.

Publications: translated from Persian: Tales Translated from the Persian of Inatulla of Delhi. 1768; The History of Hindostan [Firišta]. 1768-72, new ed. 1-3. 29+180+313, 18+509, 19+466 p. L. 1803 (with two historical dissertations).

plays: Zingis. 1769; Sethona. 1774.

Sources: Buckland, Dictionary; *Charu Sheel Singh, “Holwell, Dow and Halhed: a note on their contribution to Indology in the 18th century”, JOIB 33:3-4, 1984, 291-297; *Windisch; Wikipedia with portrait.


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