ANDERSON, James Drummond. Fort William, Calcutta 11.11.1852 — 24.11.1920. British Indologist (Bengali Scholar). Son of James A. (M.D.) and Ellen Garstin. Educated at the Cheltenham College and Rugby. Served in I.C.S. in 1875-1900, mostly in Assam. After returning to England he was University Lecturer in Bengali at Cambridge from 1907. M.A. Litt.D. Married with Frances Louisa Cordue, 5 sons and one daughter. One son, James Drummond Anderson (1886–1968) was Financial Commissioner of the Punjab in 1941–46.
Publications: articles on comparative NIA and Bengali in JRAS and in BSOS, and on religion in E.R.E.
– Short list of words of the Hill Tippera language. Shillong 1885; A short vocabulary of the Aka language. Shillong 1896.
– A collectionof Kachári folk-tales and rhymes. 61 p. Shillong 1895; The Kacháris. 19+128 p. L. 1911.
– Assamese and Bengali. Calcutta 1896; A Manual of the Bengali Language. 178 p. Cambridge 1920 (repr. 1962); The Peoples of India. 12+118 p. Cambridge 1913.
– Some Chittagong Proverbs compiled as an example of the dialect of the Chittagong District. 94 p. Calcutta 1897.
– Translated Bankimchandra Chatterjee’s Indira and other stories. 148 p. Calcutta 1925.
Sources: *G.A. Grierson, JRAS 1921, 149-152; Who Was Who 1916-1928; very briefly in Wikipedia.
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