IMPEY, Elijah George Halhed

IMPEY, Elijah George Halhed. Cawnpore (Kanpur) 21.9.1818 — Southampton 19.11.1868. British Physician in India. Son of Elijah Impey (from Ireland, not the famous judge in India Sir E.I. [1732–1809], but probably related) and Marian Bunn. Dr.med. From 1840 in Bombay Medical Service. In 1856-68 postmaster-general of Bombay Presidency. Surgeon-Major. Married 1843 Jane Anne Riddell, four daughters, one son.

Publications: “Description of a colossal Jain figure nearly 80 feet high, discovered on a spur of the Satpurah Range”; JASB 18:2, 1849, 918-953.

On Buddhist caves, JBRAS 5:2, 1854, 336-349 & 5:3, 543-574.

Sources: Dates in http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com, death also in the London Gazette 22.3.1870 (www.thegazette.co.uk); but E. Cotton (“Indian Medical Service”, Bengal Past and Present 41) states that his father was Dr. James Impey [poor scan in archive.org leaves reference uncertain! See https://archive.org/stream/bengalpastprese01socigoog/bengalpastprese01socigoog_djvu.txt].

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