NEWBOLD, Thomas John. Macclesfield, Cheshire 8.2.1807 — Mahabaleshwar 29.5.1850. British Colonial Officer In India. Son of surgeon Francis N. From 1827 in Madras Light Infantry, in 1832-35 in Malacca, 1834 Lieutenant. In 1840-42 on furlough in Europe, travelled via Palestine and Egypt. In 1843 returned to Madras as Captain, in 1845-47 in Egypt. Became early interested in studies, but concentrated more on Persia and Egypt.
Publications: Many articles in MJLS, on Persian literature, on South-East Asia, on places visited by him in India, etc.
– “Lettre à M. Garcin de Tassy, membre de l’Institut, au sujet de sa notice intitulée Sâadi, auteur des premières poésies hindoustanies”, JA 4:2, 1843, 361-369.
– Two articles of Neolithic ash-mounds in South India, JASB 5, 1836, 670f. & JRAS 7, 1843, 129-136.
– “Ancient Sepulchres of Pánduvaram Déwal in Southern India”, JRAS 13, 1852, 90-95 (megaliths); “The Gypsies of Egypt and Syria and Persia”, JRAS 16, 1856, 285-312 (posthumous); other witings on Egypt.
– Also wrote on geology.
Sources: W.A.S.H[ewins], D.N.B. 40, 314f.; and as rev. by R.T. Stearn, *Oxford D.N.B. 40, 2004; Wikipedia.
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