WEIGLE, Gottfried Hartmann

WEIGLE, Gottfried Hartmann. Esslingen-Zell am Neckar 1.6.1816 — Mangalore 7.1.1855. German Missionary in India, member of Basel Mission. Characterized as a linguist. Son of a minister, Karl Christian Hartmann W. (d. 1834) and Johanna Rosina Werner (d. 182?), school in Stuttgart. Studied at Urach Seminary 1830-34, then theology (but also Sanskrit, Arabic and Persian with Ewald) at Tübingen, where he met Ogling. Joined the mission in 1838. In 1840-55 worked in Karnataka, mainly in Mangalore and Dharwar, in collaboration with Gundert and Mögling. Married with Pauline Franziska Bacmeister (1825–1862), four children. After his death the widow married Mögling.

Publications: Christian texts translated into Kannaḍa, including parts of the Bible.

With J. Stevenson, “A collection of words in the language of the Todas, the Chief Tribe of the Nílgiri Hills”, JBRAS 1:4, 1842, 155-167 (collected by GW, publ. by JSt).

– “Über kanaresische Sprache und Literatur”, ZDMG 2, 1848, 257-284; “Kanaresische Gedichte”, Mag. für die neueste Gesch. der evang. Miss. Ges. Basel 1854:1, 94-102.

Sources: Brückner et al. 2003, 48-51; K. F. Ledderhose, A.D.B. 41, 1896, 483f.; *H. Mögling, Memoir of the late Rev. G. Weigle, missionary of the German Evangelical Mission at Mangalore. Madras 1855; German Wikipedia with portrait.

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