MOOR, Edward. 1771 — Westminster 26.2.1848. British Colonial Officer and Oriental Scholar in India. Major. Left for India as cadet in 1782, arrived at Madras 1783. “Served with the Mahratta Army against Tippoo, 1790-1, at Dharwar, Doridrug, Gadjnur; wrote, in 1794, an account of the operations. Officiated as Quarter-Master-General; garrison storekeeper, i.e. Commissary-General, at Bombay, 1799-1805. Retired in 1805.” In England, settled in Bealings, Suffolk. Member of A.S.B. from 1796, later also of several other scholarly societies (F.R.S. 1806). His Pantheon was a much used early reference work, although then forgotten. Married 1794 Elizabeth Lynn (d. 1835), at least one son and one daughter.
Publications: Narrative of the operations of Capt. Little’s Detachment and of the Maratha Army commanded by Purseram Bhow (against Tipoo Sultan). 15+524 p. L. 1794.
– “Account of an hereditary living Deity, to whom devotion is paid by the Bramins of Poona and its neighbourhood”, As. Res. 7, 1801, 8o ed. 1803, 381-395..
– Hindu Pantheon. 14+467 p. 105 pl. L. 1810, rev. ed. Madras 1864.
– Hindu Infanticide. 312 p. L. 1811; Oriental Fragments. 8+537 p. L. 1834.
– A few unrelevant works.
Sources: Buckland, Dictionary; T.S[eccombe], D.N.B. 38, 1894, 334f.; JRAS 9, 1848, Proc. ivf.; Wikipedia; portrait (1810) in npg.org.uk.
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