GROWSE, Frederic Salmon

GROWSE, Frederic Salmon. Suffolk 1836 — Haslemere, Surrey 19.5.1893. British Civil Servant and Indologist (Hindi Scholar) in India. Son of Robert and Mary Gr., educated at Oriel College, studies at Queen’s College, Oxford (M.A.). Joined the I.C.S. in 1860, served in the N.W.P., in Mathura and Bulandshahr and in 1885-86 in Fatehpur. Retired in 1890. Fellow of Calcutta University. C.I.E. 1879. “He ardently defended the purity of the vernacular Hindi, as opposed to the official Hindustani.” He had adopted Roman Catholic faith and built a catholic church in Mathura. Also an archaeologist, who donated a collection of Indian pottery to British Museum.

Publications: Articles on Chand Bardai (JASB 37:1, 1868, 119-134; 38:1, 1869, 1-13, 161-171; 42:1, 1873, 329-342?), Tulsī Dāsa (JASB 45:1, 1876, 1-29), other articles on Hindī (Braj, etc.).

– “The Country of Braj”, JASB 40:1, 1871, 34-??; Mathurâ Inscriptions”, IA 6, 1877, 216-219.

– “The Tírthas of Vrndá-vana and Gokula”, JASB 41:1, 1872, 313-331; “Srí Swámí Hari Dás of Brindában”, JASB 45:1, 1876, 312-324; “The Sect of Prán-náthis”, JASB 48:1, 1879, 171-180.

Mathura: a district memoir. 442 p. Allahabad 1874, 3rd rev. ed. 434 p. A. 1883; Bulandshahr, Or, Sketches of an Indian District; Social, Historical and Architectural. 88 p. Benares 1884.

Indian Architecture To-day, as exemplified in New Buildings in the Bulandshahr District. 1-2. Benares 1885-86; A Supplement to the Fatehpur Gazetteer. 3+43 p. Allahabad 1887..

– “Supposed Greek Sculpture at Mathurá”, JASB 44:1, 1875, 212-215, 5 pl.; “Bulandshahr Antiquities”, JASB 48:1, 1879, 270-275, 4 pl.; “The Town of Bulandshahr”, JASB 52:1, 1883, 270-288, 2 pl.; also articles in IA.

English transl. of The Rámáyana of Tulsi Dás. 20+572 p. Allahabad 1883.

Sources: Buckland, Dictionary; G.A. Grierson, PrASB 1893, 119f.;  JRAS 1893, 560-652; Wikipedia.

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