PRENDERGAST, Thomas. 1806 — Cheltenham 14.11.1886. Sir. British Civil Servant and Linguist in India. Son of Sir Jeffrey Pr. (1769–1856), of Indian army. After studies at Haileybury in 1825-26 joined the Madras Civil Service, served as Magistrate and Collector of Ganjam, retired in 1859 and returned to the U.K. Married. Became blind. He developed his own system of teaching languages and applied it to Dravidian languages (beside several European).
Publications: The Mastery System of Languages or the Art of speaking Foreign Languages idiomatically. 18??.
Sources: Buckland, Dictionary; Wikipedia.