MAISEY, Frederick Charles

MAISEY, Frederick Charles. Neuchâtel, Switzerland 27.8.1825 — Eastbourne, Sussex 2.9.1892. British Colonial Officer in India. Son of Thomas Maisey. Lieutenant of Bengal Native Infantry (1848), finally from 1888 General. He had lively interest in archaeology and also could illustrate his report with skilled drawings. In Sanchi he was excavating in 1851. He held some antiquated ideas thinking that Sanchi stupa was originally pre-Buddhist, that Buddhism only began in the first century CE and that Devanampiya of the edicts was not Aśoka. Married Sophia McNiven, at least one son and one daughter.

Publications: “Description of the Antiquities at Kalinjar”, JASB 17:1, 1848, 171-201, 313-323.

– Sanchi and its Remains. A Full Description of the Ancient Buildings, Sculptures, and Inscriptions at Sanchi near Bhilsa, in Central India, with Remarks on the Evidence they Supply as to the Comparatively Modern Date of the Buddhism of Gotama, or Sakya Muni. 15+142 p. 40 pl. L. 1892 (posthumous, with introd. by A. Cunningham).

Sources: Stray notes in Internet; briefly in Wikipedia.

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