PEPPE, William Claxton

PEPPE, William Claxton. Birdpur, Gorakhpur dt. 1.2.1852 — Welshpool, Montgomeryshire 1937. British Engineer in India, interested in Archaeology. Son of —> William G. Peppe. Educated in Aberdeen, then studied there engineering. He inherited from his father the indigo estate of Birdwood in Piprahwa (in U.P. close to Nepalese border), where he conducted excavations and in January 1898 found the famous stūpa and the vase with the Peppe inscription. Retired 1904 and returned to the U.K. In 1911 living in Montgomeryshire, Wales. Married 1884 Sophia Rosalie Hill (d. 1887), then 1890 Caroline Ella Hill, three sons and one daughter.

Publications: “The Piprahwa Stupa, containing relics of Buddha”, JRAS 1898, 573-588.

Sources:, www.myheritage and other stray notes in Internet.

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