EDWARDES, Stephen Meredyth. 1873 — Felden, Hertfordshire 1.1.1927. British Civil Servant and Historian in India, from 1923 editor of the Indian Antiquary. Son of the Rev. Stephen E. Educated at Eton, studies at Christ Church, Oxford. Passed the I.C.S. examination in 1894 and was sent to the Bombay Presidency. From 1904 Special Collector, 1910 Commissioner of the Police. C.S.I. 1915. From 1916 Municipal Commissioner for Bombay. In 1918 resigned because of ill-health. In London secretary to the Indo-British Association. Died after a brief illness. Married 1895 Celia Darker, two sons and one daughter.
Publications: Compiled the Bombay Census volume in 1901 and 3 vols. of the Bombay Gazetteer in 1906–10; Rise of Bombay – A Retrospect. 410 p. 1902; Byways of Bombay. 112 p. 1912; The Bombay City Police, 1672–1916. 229 p. Oxford 1923.
– A monograph upon the silk fabrics of the Bombay presidency. 67 p. Bombay 1900.
– The Ruling Princes of India – a historical and statistical account of Junagadh and Bhavnagar. 1906; Crime in India. 8+169 p. L. 1925; Babur, Diarist and Despot. 138 p. L. 1926.
– Memoir of Rao Bahadur Ranchhodlal Chhotalal, C.I.E. 4+74 p. Exeter 1920; Kharshedji Rustamji Cama, 1831-1909; a memoir. 8+156 p. L. 1923; Memoir of Sir Dinshaw Manockjee Petit. 8+96 p. L. 1923.
– Editor of the 2nd ed. of V. A. Smith’s The Oxford History of India. 24+814 p. Oxford 1923.
– With H. L. O. Garrett: Mughal Rule in India. 8+374 p. L. 1930.
Sources: Who Was Who 1916-1928; JRAS 1927, 170-172; IA 56, 1927, 1f.; IHQ 3, 1927, 231f.; works in worldcat.com.
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