SALDANHA, Antonio de

SALDANHA, Antonio de. Mazagão (El Jadida in Morocco) 1598 — Rachol 15.12.1663. S.J. Portuguese Missionary in India. Son of Portuguese father and Italian mother. Came to Goa as soldier, but soon took religion and joined S.J. in 1615. Trained in Salsette Mission he became Rector of St. Ignatius Seminary in…

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RUELL, Johannes

RUELL (de Ruël), Joannes. Leiden 1659/60 or 1663/64 — Colombo ?.5.1701. Dutch Priest in Ceylon, worked there as predikant in Colombo from 1692 until death, from 1698 also the first Rector of Sinhalese Seminary. He prepared a Sinhalese grammar, which was printed in Amsterdam in 1707 with help of “Sinhala…

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ROTH, Heinrich

ROTH, Heinrich. Dillingen 18.12.1610 — Agra 20.6.1668. S.J. German Missionary and Precursor of Indology. Son of Konrad Roth, a lawyer, grew up in Augsburg. Studies at Dillingen and Innsbruck Jesuit College. Joined S.J. in 1639, in 1641-45 taught at Munich, then studied theology at Dillingen and Ingolstadt. Ordained priest in…

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ROGER, Abraham

ROGER, Abraham (A. Rogerius). Haarlem (?) 1609 — Gouda 1649. Dutch Reformed Priest in India and Indonesia. Studies at Leiden, in 1631 left for the east. Worked in 1630-47 as the minister of Dutch congregation in India and Indonesia (1633-40 in Pulicat factory on Tamil coast, then in Batavia). In…

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ROE, Thomas

ROE, Thomas. Low Leyton near Wanstead in Essex 1580/81 — Bath 6.11.1644. Sir. British Diplomat in India. Son of Sir Robert Rowe and Elinor Jermy. After early studies at Oxford he became esquire of the body to Queen Elizabeth I and was knighted by James I in 1604. In 1610…

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RIBEIRO, João

RIBEIRO, João. Baptized Lisbon 17.5.1622 — ?.11.1693. Portuguese Officer in South Asia. Son of a cap-maker. Left to India as private soldier in 1640 and was sent from Goa to Ceylon (Sri Lanka). Participated in the war between Portugal and the Netherlands, wounded several times. In 1658 caught by the…

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RENAUDOT, Eusèbe

RENAUDOT, Eusèbe. Paris 20.7.1646 — Paris 1.9.1720. Abbé. French Theologian and Oriental Scholar. Born as the eldest of the 14 children of a physician and scholar, developed early an interest in studies and therefore entered ecclesiastical career. In 1§666 joined Oratorians, but never took more than minor orders. Studied theology…

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RELAND, Adriaan (Hadrianus Relandus)

RELAND, Adriaan (Hadrianus Relandus). De Rijp, North Holland 17.7.1676 — Utrecht 5.2.1718. Dutch Oriental Scholar. Professor in Utrecht. After a short time as Professor of Physics and Metaphysics at Harderwijk (1699–1791) he was Professor of Oriental Languages at Utrecht. Like his contemporaries, he was mainly interested in Semitic, but unlike…

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THÉVENOT, Jean de

THÉVENOT, Jean de. Paris 16.6.1633 — Mianeh, Persia 28.11.1667. French Traveller in Persia and India. Nephew of Melchisédek Th. (1620–1692), librarian and Oriental scholar. First several travels in Europe (1652-55), Levant (1655-59) and Persia (1663-66). In January 1666 came by sea from Persia to Surat, from there went to Ahmedabad…

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TERRY, Edward

TERRY, Edward. Kent 1590 — 8.10.1660. Rev. British Traveller in India. After school in Rochester studied from 1608 at Oxford, Christ Church: B.A. 1611, M.A. 1614. In 1616 Sir Thomas Roe asked for a new chaplain after the death of John Hall and Terry took the offer. In 1617 he…

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