BAILEY, Benjamin. Dewsbury, Yorkshire ?.11.1791 — Shelton, Shropshire 3.4.1871. Rev. British Missionary and Pioneer of Malayālam Lexicography. Son of Joseph and Martha B. Ordained 1815 in York, he married 1816 Elizabeth Ella and left for Kerala, where he founded his mission station in Kottayam. Worked also as teacher and promoted Malayālam printing. In 1831-34 on furlough in England. Returned to England in 1850 on health reasons and became Rural Dean of Condover, Salop.
Publications: translated the Bible in Malayālam.
– A Dictionary of High and Colloquial Malayalim and English. 852 p. Cottayam 1846; A Dictionary, English and Malayalim. 545 p. Cottayam 1849.