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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TEIXEIRA, Pedro

TEIXEIRA, Pedro. 15?? — after 1610. Portuguese Traveller. Born in a Portuguese Jewish family, probably in Lisbon, but without Jewish education. Of his life, little is know beyond the meagre information in his book. He spent a long time in the East, where he had arrived before 1587 (perhaps 1586…

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TAVERNIER, Jean Baptiste

TAVERNIER, Jean Baptiste (1669 baron d’Aubonne). Paris 1605 — Moscow 1689. French Jeweller and Traveller in India. Son of Gabriel T., a Huguenot merchant and geographer. Early travels in England, Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Italy and Hungary. Also worked as guide and translator as he had learned several European languages. He…

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QUEYROZ, Fernão de

QUEYROZ, Fernão de. Canavezes near Amarante 1617 — Goa 12.4.1688. S.J. Portuguese Priest and Historian in India. Joined S.J. in 1631 and arrived at Cochin in 1635. In 1635-41 studied philosophy, then Theology in Goa. From 1647 taught Theology at St. Paul’s College in Goa. Rector of college in Thana…

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PYRARD DE LAVAL, François

PYRARD DE LAVAL, François. Laval c. 1578 — Paris c. 1623. French Traveller in Maldives and India. In May 1601 he sailed on Corbin, one of the two ships equiped by the burghers of St.Malo, Laval and Vitre in order to compete with the Dutch E.I.C. Passing St.Helena and the…

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PROENÇA, Antem de

PROENÇA, Antem de (Antão, Antero Pr.). 1624 — Ramnad 1666?. S.J. Portuguese Missionary. In Madurai, in South India. Publications: Vocabulario Tamulico com a significaçam portugueza. Ambalacat 1679; Antão de Proença’s Tamil–Portuguese Dictionary A.D. 1679. Prepared for publication by Xavier S. Thani Nayagan. Kuala Lumpur 1966 (facsimile, 16,546 entries in the…

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PONS, Jean François

PONS, Jean François. Rodez 6.12.1698 — Chandernagor 1752/53. S.J. French Missionary in India. Novice 1713, in 1726 arrived at Tanjore, from 1731 Superior of Bengal Mission in Chandernagor. In 1734 he visited the observatories of Delhi and Jaipur together with P. Boudier (1686–1757). Later also travelled in south, in Pouchpagiri…

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PLÜTSCHOW, Heinrich

PLÜTSCHAU (Plütschow), Heinrich. Wesenberg bei Neustrelitz 1676 — Beidenfleth 4.1.1752 (Hantzsch 1847). German Pietist Missionary in India. Educated in Berlin, then studied theology at Halle. Prompted by Francke to enter missionary career he arrived at Trankebar (Tamilnadu) in 1706 together with Ziegenbalg. In their collaboration there Ziegenbalg concentrated on Tamil,…

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PIMENTA, Nicolaus

PIMENTA, Nicolaus. 1546 — Goa 1614. S.J. Portuguese Missionary in India. Joined Jesuits 1562. As Jesuit Visitor in India in December 1597 left Goa for Cochin, St. Thome and Bengal. His letters contain some interesting information about the princes of Kerala and Tamilnadu. Publications: a few letters sent to the…

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