ARBUTHNOT, Alexander John

ARBUTHNOT, Alexander John. Killaloe, Ireland 11.10.1822 — 10.6.1907. Sir. British (Irish) Civil Servant in India. Son of Alexander A. (1768–1828), Bishop of Killaloe, and Margaret Phoebe Bingham. Educated at Rugby and Haileybury. Joined I.C.S. 1842 in Madras. As Director of Public Instruction from 1855 he had an important role in…

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WHISH, Charles M.

WHISH, Charles Matthew. London 9.1.1795 — Cuddapah (Kadapa) 14.4.1833. British Civil Servant in India. Son of Martin Whish, a Commissioner of Excise, and Harriet Tysson. After studies at Haileybury served in Madras Presidency from 1812, in Zillan Court of South Malabar. Then criminal judge in Cuddapah. He was the first…

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SPRING, Francis

SPRING, Francis. 17?? — 18??. Rev. Missionary of Church Missionary Society in India. Chaplain in Tellicherry from before 1817, when he founded a school there. Returned in 1824. Publications: Outlines of a Grammar of the Malayalim Language, as spoken in the Provinces of North and South Malabar and the Kingdoms of…

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RHEEDE TOT DRAKENSTEIN, Hendrik Adrian van

RHEEDE TOT DRAKENSTEIN, Hendrik Adrian van. Utrecht 13.4.1636 — on sea off Bombay 15.12.1691. Dutch Colonial Administrator and Botanist. Son of Ernst van Rheede and Elisabeth van Utenhove (d. 1637), a noble family, lost early his both parents. In 1656 joined Dutch E.I.C. as a soldier and went to India. In 1670-76 Governor…

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DRUMMOND, Robert

DRUMMOND, Robert. Kelpie, Fife 27.3.1775 — at sea ?.3.1809. Sir, fifth “Laird of Keltie”. British (Scottish) Surgeon in E.I.C.’s Medical Service. Son of John Dr. (1733–1801) and Euphemia Aytoun. Studies at Edinburgh. M.D. Came to India in 1796, where also his father had served as surgeon, served in Bombay Presidency.…

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DILGER, Wilhelm

DILGER, Wilhelm. Winterbach, Württemberg 12.12.1855 — Tübingen 13.4.1920. Rev. German Missionary of Basel Mission in Kerala. Son of Johannes Dilger and Friederika Krebs. Worked in Kerala in 1880-1900 and 1906-07. In 1910 said to belong to Tübingen University. Knew Malayālam and Sanskrit. He began an extensive dictionary of Malayālam, but had…

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COLLET, Charles

COLLET, Charles. 18?? — 1???. British Civil Servant in India. Sub-Collector in Malabar (1855), when his superior, H. V. Conolly, was murdered. Moved later to Madras and wrote the Reader there. One Ch. Collet wrote later some law books. Publications: The Malayalam Reader: A selection of original papers. 4+300 p.…

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BUTLIN, Raymond Thomas

BUTLIN, Raymond Thomas. 6.2.1906/07 — Knysma, South Africa 15.11.1990. British Phonetician. Taught at S.O.A.S. From 1939 Sub-Director of Institute of English Studies in Athens. In the 1950s he was the head of British Council in Finland and died in South Africa in 15.11.1990. He was married with Lorna Redin (d. 1978)…

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WILLIAMS, Robert Hamilton Blair

WILLIAMS, Robert Hamilton Blair. Buckland, East Tilbury, Essex 21.8.1915 — 1975. British Indologist. At S.O.A.S. in London. Graduated B.A. 1937 from S.O.A.S. in Indo-Aryan (under Turner). Assistant Keeper in India Office Library (Sanskrit, Pāli and Prākrit books) in 1939-46 and again 1954-57 and, although formally in library, 1940-45 as volunteer…

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STEPHANUS A SANCTO PETRO ET PAULO (Antonio Buffi)

STEPHANUS A SANCTO PETRO ET PAULO (lay Antonio Buffi). Brescia 18.3.1692 — 8.5.1767. Father. Italian Carmelite Missionary in India. Joined the order in 1712, was sent to Malabar Mission 1720 and arrived at Verapoly 1721. Sent to Rome on a mission in 1723 he was caught by pirates and held…

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