MOORCROFT, William. Ormskirk, Lancashire 1765 — Andkhui 25.8.1825. British Veterinary Surgeon and Traveller in North-West India. Born as illegitimate son of Ann M., educated in “Liverpool as a surgeon, studied veterinary science in France. Made a fortune by his veterinary practice in London, but lost it over patents. Appointed in 1808 veterinary surgeon to the Bengal Army and Inspector of military studs. In 1811-2 crossed the Himalaya and traced the sources of the Satlaj and Indus; in 1819 went to Lahore, Ladak, residing at Leh, to kashmir, via Attock and Peshawar to Kabul, to Bokhara, disposing of his merchandise; commenced his return journey, Aug. 1825; soon after died at Andkhui, and was buried at Balkh.”
Publications: “A Journey to Lake Mánasaróvara in U’n-dés, a Province of little Tibet”, AsRes 18, (1813), 8o-reprint with new paging of Indian original publ. in London 1818, 380-536.
– with G. Trebeck: Travels in the Himalayan provinces of Hindustan and the Punjab; in Ladakh and Kashmir; in Peshawar, Kabul, Kunduz, and Bokhara from 1819 to 1825. Edited by H. H. Wilson. 1-2. 459+508 p. L. 1841.
– on veterinary subjects.
Sources: Buckland, Dictionary; H.M.C[hichester’, D.N.B. 38, 1894, 337f.; Wikipedia.
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