TISDALL, William St.Clair. Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire 19.2.1859 — East Ashford, Kent 1.12.1928. Rev. British Missionary in Iran and India. Originally from Pembroke in Wales, son of Major William St.Clair T. and his wife Catherine (but ancestry.com says Maryanne Caulfield). The family moved to Auckland, New Zealand (1881 there). Ordained in 1883. Missionary of English Church in Isfahan, then in 1888/90 in Bombay, in 1892 in London. From 1913 vicar of St George’s. Hon. D.D. 1903 Edinburgh. Married 1881 Bertha Alice Maclean and 1887 Marian Louisa Gray, twelve children.
Publications: A simplified grammar and reading book of the Panjabi language. 136 p. Bombay 1889.
– A simplified grammar of the Gujarati language, together with short reading book and vocabulary. 189 p. L. 1892.
– A Conversation Grammar of the Hindūstānī Language. 8+371 p. L. 1911.
– Modern Persian Conversation Grammar. 397 p. 1902.
– The Conversion of Armenia to the Christian Faith. 256 p. L. 1897.
– The Sources of Islam: A Persian Treatise. 100 p. 1900; The Original Sources of the Qur’an. 287 p. 1905; and other polemical works against Islam.
– The Noble Eightfold Path: being the James Long lectures on Buddhism for 1900-1902 A.D. 24+215 p. L. 1903; books on Christian religion.
Sources: Wikipedia briefly (no details of life); wikitree.com (father elder W.St.Cl.T., died in Auckland – his gravestone is in findagrave.com); geni.com (parents Charles and Catherine T., but I have preferred the account of his father in netlib.govt.nz); some additional information culled from www.canterbury-cathedral.org/heritage/history/remembering-world-war-i/wwi-through-the-eyes-of-a-vicar-of-st-georges-deal/. According to wikitree he may have had a third name, either Lomas or Towers.
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