TAYLOR, Philip Meadows. Liverpool 25.9.1808 — Menton, S. France 13.5.1876. British Administrator and Author in India. Son of a merchant. He came to India at the age of 15 as a clerk to a Bombay merchant, but soon (1824) took the service under the Nizam, first military, but soon in a civil position. After a furlough in England in 1840 the correspondant of The Times, 1840-53. Administered the small principality of Shorapore for the Nizam during the long minority of the raja. After 1857 also accepted by the British government as Deputy Commissioner of Western Ceded Districts. Colonel. Retired in 1860 (now C.S.I.). Married. He was fluent in local languages and much interested in law, geology and antiquities, also in pre-historic archaeology.
Publications: Historical novels: Confessions of a Thug. 1-3. London 1839, Ed. with introd. and glossary by C. W. Stewart. Oxford 1916; Tippoo Sultan. 1849; Tara. Edinburgh & L. 1863; Ralph Darnell. 1865; Seeta. L. 1872; A Noble Queen. L. 1878.
– A Students’ Manual of the History of India. 1870, 2nd ed. 20+884 p. L. 1871, again 1906.
– Articles on prehistory in JBRAS 1851 and 1853.
– The Story of My Life. L. 1877.
Sources: JRAS Proc. 1876, vif.; R.G[arnett), D.N.B. 55, 1898, 452f. (*rev. by D. Washbrook in Oxford D.N.B.); Wikipedia with photo.
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