METHWOLD (Methold), William

METHWOLD (Method), William. Baptized South Pickenham near Swaffham, Norfolk 1590 — Kensington 5.3.1653. British Merchant and Traveller in India. Son of Thomas M. and Susanna Hogan. Aged 16 he was apprenticed to a merchant, served four years in London and five in Middelburg, the Netherlands. In 1615 accepted as Persian linguist in…

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MAFFEI, Giovanni Pietro

MAFFEI, Giovanni Pietro (Giampietro). Bergamo 1533 — Tivoli 20.10.1603. S.J. Italian Jesuit Historian. Born in a noble family living in poverty. Educated by his uncles and in Rome. From 1563 worked as Professor of Rhetorics in Genua, before joining Jesuits in 1565. From now studies in Rome, ordained 1571. In 1579-84…

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LE GOUZ DE LA BOULLAYE, François

LE GOUZ DE LA BOULLAYE, François. Baugé, Anjou 1623 (or 1610?) — Isfahan 1668. French Traveller. Born in a family of English origin, he served in the French troops of Charles I. Back in France in 1644 he soon left via Constantinople to Persia, posing himself as Ibrāhīm Bey. He continued…

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HAMILTON, Alexander

HAMILTON, Alexander. 16?? — after 1733. British Sea Captain. First sailed in Europe, North Africa and West Indies. In 1688-1723 trading and travelling in the East, operating from Surat. In 1717 commander of E.I.C.’s Bombay Navy, suppressing pirates. Publications: A New Account of the East Indies. 1-2. 29+8+396+309+10 p. Edinburgh…

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GONÇALVEZ, Diogo

GONÇALVEZ, Diogo. Vila Real 1561 — Quilon (Kollam) 1640. S.J. Portuguese Jesuit Missionary in India. Joined the S.I. in 1583. Arrived at Goa in 1591, worked in Quilon. Criticized Roberto De Nobili’s new methods of mission and wrote about Hinduism in 1615. Knew Sanskrit and Malayālam. Publications: Historia do Malavar,…

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GODINHO DE ERÉDIA, Manuel

GODINHO DE ERÉDIA, Manuel. Malacca 16.7.1563 — 1623. Malay-Portuguese Author and Cartographer. Son of João de Erédia Aquaviva, an officer of Aragonese-Italian background and Dona Elena Vessiva (d. 1575), a noblewoman from Sulawesi. Educated at Jesuit school in Malacca and at Jesuit College in Goa, trained in astronomy, cartography and…

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FRANÇOIS-MARIE DE TOURS

FRANÇOIS-MARIE DE TOURS (Francesco Maria Da Tours, Franciscus M. Turonensis). 16?? — Patna ?.5.1709. Father. French Capuchin Missionary in India and Tibet. Worked first as Capuchin Missionary in Diarbekir, Turkey, came to India in 1680. Worked in Pondicherry and Surat, in 1701 left for Europe. Arrived at France 1702, 1703-04 in Rome…

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FERNANDEZ, Gonçalo

FERNANDEZ, Gonçalo. 1541 — 1619/21. Portuguese Jesuit in India. Arrived at India in 1560. In charge of the Mission in Madurai from 1595, he became Roberto De Nobili’s superior, but strongly opposed to the new methods of mission suggested by him. Himself wrote about Hinduism in 1616. He did not…

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DU JARRIC, Pierre

DU JARRIC, Pierre. Toulouse 2.3.1566 — Saintes 1617. S.J. French Historian of Mission. Joined Jesuits in 1582. When his hope to become a missionary was not accepted he turned to writing mission history. Ordained priest he taught many years philosophy and moral theology in Bordeaux. Beside mission his work contains…

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CINNOMA, Leonardo

CINNOMA, Leonardo. 1??? — 1644. Father. Catholic Missionary in India. Publications: A grammar and dictionary of Kannaḍa, publ. Goa 1674 (some say 1774), some religious works. Sources: The work often briefly mentioned, e.g. in V.K. Gokak, Literatures in Modern Indian Languages. Delhi 1967, 107. These may all hail from one…

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