FOSTER, William

FOSTER, William. 19.11.1863 — 11.5.1951. Sir. British Historian of Indian Colonial Period. Son of William F., educated at Cooper’s Grammar School and London University. In 1882 joined the India Office. In 1891-95 edited India Office List. From 1901 Assistant to the Registrar and Superintendent of Records, then himself R. and SI. of Records. at India Office in 1907-23, historiographer 1923-27. C.I.E. 1913, knighted 1925. Married in 1911 with Jessie Winifred Holland. Did a great work editing early records of the E.I.C.


with G. Birdwood: The First Letter-Book of the East India Company, 1600-19. 1895.

ed. Letters received by the East India Company. 1-6. L. 189?-1902.

The Embassy of Sir Thomas Roe to the Court of the Great Mogul, 1615-19. L. 1899, rev. ed. 79+ 532 p. L. 1926; The Founding of Fort St. George, Madras. L. 1902.

The English Factories of India. 1-13. L. 1906-25 (1618–69).

Early travels in India, 1583–1619. 351 p. L. 1921.

ed. Clement Downing, A History of Indian Wars. 32+206 p. L. 1924.

The John Company. 10+286 p. 24 ill. L. 1926.

British Artists in India, 1760–1820. Walpole Soc. 19. Oxford 1930/31.

Sources: *C.F. Beckingham, JRAS 1951, 224; Buckland, Dictionary; *A. Farrington, Sir W.F., 1863–1951: A Bibliography. 6+27 p. India Office Library & Records Occasional Publ. 1. L. 1972.


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