PORTMAN, Maurice Vidal

PORTMAN, Maurice Vidal. London, Ontario 21.3.1860 — Axbridge, Somerset 14.2.1935. British (of Canada) Civil Servant and Anthropologist in India. Joined Royal Marine in the age of 16. Commissioner of the Andamans in 1879–99. Conducted active research on tribal languages and customs, achieved a large collection of ethnographic objects (now in British Museum) and took numerous photographs. He had health problems, retired as invalid in 1901 and spent the rest of his life in England. Unmarried.

Publications: Notes of the Languages of the South Andaman Group of Languages. 1898.

A History of Our Relations with the Andamanese. 1899.

Sources: https://web.archive.org/web/20120805204050/http://www.andaman.org/BOOK/app-a/a-portman.htm; Wikipedia.


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