FARQUHAR, John Nicol

FARQUHAR, John Nicol. Aberdeen 6.4.1861 — Manchester 17.7.1929. British (Scots) Missionary in India, a Scholar of Indian Religion. Son of George F., of Aberdeen, educated at grammar school and University of Aberdeen, then at Christ Church in Oxford. Student of Macdonell. M.A. 1895. Missionary in India in 1891-1923, worked long time as Secretary of Indian Y.M.C.A. in Calcutta. D.Litt. 1916 Oxford. In 1923 left India because of health problems. Wilde Lecturer in Comparative Religion at Manchester University in 1927-29 (but taught there as early as 1924). Married in 1891 Euphemia Neil Miller Watson, one son, one daughter. Knew well Bengali and Sanskrit.

Publications: Permanent Lessons of the Gita. 1903; Gita and Gospel. 1906.

A Primer of Hinduism. 2nd ed. 200 p. Oxford 1912.

The Crown of Hinduism. 468 p. L. 1913 (i.e. Christianity).

Modern Religious Movements in India. 16+471 p. n.pl. 1915.

An Outline of Religious Literature of India. 451 p. L. 1920.

The Fighting Ascetics of India. 1925.

– “The Apostle Thomas in North India”, Bulletin of the John Rylands Library 10, 1926, 80-111; The Apostle Thomas in South India. 1927.

– “The organization of the Sannyasis of the Vedanta”, JRAS 1925, 479-486; other articles in E.R.E., etc.

Sources: Who Was Who 1929-40; www.bu.edu/missiology/missionary-biography/e-f/farquhar-john-nicol-1861-1929/ with photo, taken from Eric J. Sharpe, “Farquhar, John Nicol,” Biographical Dictionary of Christian Missions, ed. Gerald H. Anderson. New York 1998), 208; Wikipedia.


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