VIGNE, Godfrey

VIGNE, Godfrey Thomas. Walthamstown, Essex 1.9.1801 — Woosford, Essex 12.7.1863. British Traveller in India and America. Son of Thomas Vigne, “educated at Harrow. Called to the bar at Lincoln’s Inn, 1824. Travelled in [North] America, 1831. Went to India, 1832, through Persia. Visited Kashmir, Ladak, Afghanistan, saw the Amir [1836]… Travelled in the W. Indies, Mexico and Nicaragua” in 1852-53. From Kashmir also visited Ladakh and Baltistan. In England also known as amateur cricketer.

Publications: “Some Account of the valley of Kashmir, Ghazni, and Kabul”, JASB 6, 1837, 766-777.– “Outline of a Route Through the Panj-áb, Kábul, Kashmír, and into Little Tibet, in the Years 1834-8”, Journal of the R. Geogr. Soc. 9, 1839.

A Personal Narrative of a Visit to Ghuzni, Kabul and Afghanistan, and of a Residence at the Court of Dost Mohamed. 15+479 p. L. 1840.

–Travels in Kashmir, Ladak, Iskardo, the countries adjoining the mountain-course of the Indus and the Himalaya, north of the Punjab. 1 -2. L. 1842, 1-2. 2nd ed. 467+486 p. L. 1844.

Other travel accounts.

Sources: Buckland, Dictionary; E.I.C[arlyle], D.N.B. 58, 1899, 309; Wikipedia.

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