MACAN, Turner

MACAN, Turner. bapt. Kilbrogan, Cork county 5.10.1792 — Calcutta 24.7.1836. Irish Colonial Officer and Oriental Scholar in India. “Major T.M. of Carriff, county Armaghan.” He was an Arabic and Persian scholar, who, with the help of Lumsden’s material, edited the whole of Firdausi’s great epic. Married 1822 in Calcutta Harriet Sneyd, children.

Publications: edited: The Shah Nameh. 1-4. Calcutta 1829.

edited with Macnaghten: The Alif [sic!] Laila; or book of the thousand nights and one night; commonly known as the Arabian Nights Entertainment; publ. complete in the original Arabic by late Major T. M., ed. by W. H. Macnaghten. 1-4. Calcutta 1839-42.

Sources: Works briefly mentioned in Fück 1955, 138f.; in Br. Biogr. Arch. only Allibone’s note on the Shahname.

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