ANDERSON, James Drummond

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. M.A. 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.

A collectionof Kachári folk-tales and rhymes. 61 p. Shillong 1895.

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.

Sources: *G.A. Grierson, JRAS 1921, 149-152; Who Was Who 1916-1928; very briefly in Wikipedia.


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