KING, Lucas White

KING, Lucas White. Madras 28.9.1856 — Craig Veigh (or Aboyne), Deeside 23.8.1925. Sir. British (Anglo-Irish) Civil Servant in India, Oriental Scholar, Historian and Numismatist. Professor in Dublin. Son of Deputy Surgeon-General Henry King and Sophie Eccleston. Sent to Ireland in 1864, educated at Ennis College and Dublin University. B.A. & LL.B. 1878 Trinity College. In 1878 joined the I.C.S., served first in the Punjab. From 1887 Assistant Resident in Mysore, in 1890 Political Officer in Zhob Valley Field Force, in 1890-95 Deputy Commissioner in Dera Ismail Khan. In 1894 Political Officer in Waziristan Field Force, in 1895 Boundary Officer in Indo-Afghan demarcation. In 1895 Deputy Commissioner in Peshawar and in 1897-1900 in Kohat, in 1897-98 Political Officer in Tirah expedition. Then Commissioner of Lahore, Commissioner of Salt Revenue in North India, Commissioner of Multan and finally 1904-05 of Rawalpindi. Retired and returned to Europe in 1905 and became Professor of Arabic, Persian and Hindustani at Trinity College, Dublin. Retired in 1922 and moved to Aybone. LL.D. 1896 Trinity College, Dublin. C.S.I. 1898, knighted 1918. Married 1891 Geraldine Harmsworth (1866–1945), four daughters and three sons.

Publications: Edited the Memoirs of Babur (1921) and Timur, and Sa‘di’s Odes (vol. 1. Bibl. Ind. 1919), wrote on numismatics (“History and Coinage of Malwa”, NC 4:3, 1903, 356-398 & 4:4, 1904, 62-100) and on North-Western clans.

Sources: Buckland, Dictionary; R.D. Edwards, D.I.B. 5, 208f.; *W. Haig, JRAS 1925, 813f.; J. van Manen, JASB 22, 1926, clxivf.; Who Was Who; Wikipedia briefly; not in D.N.B.

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