STOKES, Whitley

STOKES, Whitley. Dublin 28.2.1830 — London 13.4.1909. Irish Lawyer and Linguist (Celtic Scholar). “Son of Dr. William St. [Professor of Physic] of Dublin, educated at Dublin and Edinburgh Universities, called to the bar at the Inner Temple, 1855. Went to India, 1862, Acting Administrator General, 1863-4; Secretary to Legislative Council of Governor-General, and later to Legislative Department of the Government, 1865-77; Legal Member of the Supreme Council, India, 1877-82. Drafted the greater portion of the Codes of Civil and Criminal Procedure, Transfer of Property, Trusts, Easements, Specific Relief, and Limitation Acts.” Back in the U.K. living in London. C.S.I. 1877, C.I.E. 1879. Hon. Dr. of Law 18?? Edinburgh. Married 1865 Mary Bazely, four sons and two daughters.

Before going to India he befriended with —> Siegfried who introduced him to Sanskrit and comparative linguistics.

Publications: The Anglo-Indian Codes. 1887-91.

Much on Celtology (Wikip.: over 15,000 pages); edited Irische Texte series with Windisch and Archiv für celtische Lexicographie with Kuno Meyer.

Sources: Buckland, Dictionary; Wikipedia with two photos.

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