SHEA, David

SHEA, David. Limerick county 1777 — Haileybury 10.5.1836. British (Irish) Persian Scholar. Professor at Haileybury. Son of Daniel Shea, a farmer. Studied Classics at Dublin from 1793, in 1898 expelled as nationalist, having refused an oath to government, and went to England. He worked as tutor in London, then as…

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SEBASTIANI, Leopoldo

SEBASTIANI, Leopoldo. Rome 1770 — Rome 5.9.1843. Italian Missionary. Son of Vincenzo S. Worked as sub-librarian in Vatican before taking missionary career, working for Propaganda Fide. Before 1821 he had spent ten years in Turkey and, after a brief sejour in Rome, five in Persia and Afghanistan (1803-1808) and five…

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SCRAFTON, Luke

SCRAFTON, Luke. 1732 (?) — at sea near Cape of Good Hope 1770. Britishman in E.I.C.’s service. Assisted Clive. After the Battle of Plassey Resident at Durbar of Murshidabad, then in Calcutta Council. Back in the U.K. one of the director’s of E.I.C. In 1769 nominated to the three-man committee…

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SCHMID, Bernhard

SCHMID,  Ludwig Bernhard Ehregott. Lobeda (now part of Jena) 20.3.1788 — Calicut (Kozhikode) 20.10.1857. Rev. German Missionary in South India. Son of Rev. Rudolf Ludwig Schmid. After gymnasium in Naumburg studied theology at Jena. Worked as tutor and planned to go to Paris for learnung Sanskrit, but became teacher and priest in…

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SALT, Henry

SALT, Henry. Lichfield 14.6.1780 — Desuke near Alexandria, Egypt 30.10.1827. British Diplomat, Traveller, Collector of Antiquities and Pioneer of Egyptology. Son of physician Thomas Salt and Alice Butt, educated in Lichfield and Birmingham. Trained as portrait-painter and went to London in 1797, but soon abandoned the career as an artist.…

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ROUSSEAU, Samuel

ROUSSEAU, Samuel Kent. London, bapt. 20.9.1763 — London 4.12.1820. British Printer and Oriental Scholar. Distant relative of J. J. Rousseau, of the English Huguenot branch of the family, descending from JJR’s great uncle, who had moved to London. Son of Philip R., a printer, and his wife Susannah. In 1778 apprenticed as…

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ROSENMÜLLER, Ernst Friedrich Karl

ROSENMÜLLER, Ernst Friedrich Karl. Heßberg bei Hildburghausen 10.12.1768 — Leipzig 17.9.1835. German Arabist and Protestant Theologian. Son of Johann Georg R., a minister and rationalist theologian. Studies at Leipzig.  PD 1792, in 1796-1813 ao. Pr. of Arabic, 1813-35 ord. Professor of Oriental Languages at Leipzig. Also gave a “Kolleg über indische Studien”…

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ROEBUCK, Thomas

ROEBUCK, Thomas. Linlithgowshire ?.12.1784 — Calcutta 8.12.1819. British (Scottish) Colonial Officer and Linguist in India. Son of an iron-works manufacturer, educated at Alloa and Edinburgh. Came to India in 1801 and served in Madras, in 1805 health problems forced him to return to the U.K., but he came back in 1810,…

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ROBERTS, T. Theo

ROBERTS, T. Theo. 17?? — 18??. British Colonial Officer in India. Lieutenant. His Glossary was intended to help newcomers, consisting mainly of Indian words and names adopted in English usage in India. Publications: An Indian Glossary, consisting of some thousand words and terms commonly used in the East-Indies. 120 p. L.…

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ROBERTS, R. E.

ROBERTS, R. E. 17?? — 18??. British Colonial Officer in India. As Major in 1777 visited Burma, in the mid-1780s called Persian interpreter. In 1798 Lieutenant-Colonel, 180? Colonel. Member of Asiatic Society (1802/10). Also knew Hindustani. Publications: “An Account of Arakan”, Asiatick Miscellany 1, 1785, 316-326; “An Account of the Mahratta States” Ibid. 395-419.…

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