VALENTIJN, François

VALENTIJN, François. Dordrecht 17.4.1666 — the Hague 6.8.1727. Dutch Priest and Naturalist. Son of a school director. Studied theology and philosophy at Leiden and Utrecht. From 1684 spent 16 years as minister in Dutch Indonesia, mainly in Ambon, where he befriended with Rumphius. After ten years in the Netherlands returned…

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SMYTH, George Monro Carmichael (Carmichael-Smyth)

SMYTH, George Monro Carmichael (Carmichael-Smyth). 18.9.1803 — 29.4.1890. British Colonial Officer in India. Son of James Carmichael Smyth (1742-1821) and Mary Holyland (d. 1806). Arrived at India 1819/20. Rised to Major of Bengal Light Cavalry, in 1857 Colonel and Commandant of 3rd Light Cavalry in Lahore. Finally Major General. Married Jane…

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SMITH, Lewis Ferdinand

SMITH, Lewis Ferdinand. 17?? — 18??. British Colonial Officer in India. Son of Major Lewis Lucius Smith. Major in Scindia’s service. Secretary to Sir Harford Jones, Ambassador to Persia. Married with Ann Mitchell Nicholls, father of General Lucius Horton Smith (1793–1858). Publications: “A Chronological table of the Moghul Emperors, from Umeer Tymoor to Alumgeer II. the…

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SKRINE, Clarmont Percival

SKRINE, Clarmont Percival. London 28.2.1888 — 1974. British Civil Servant and Diplomat in India. Sir. Son of —> F. H. B. Skrine and Helen Lucy Stewart. Studies at Oxford. Joined I.C.S. in 1912. In 1916-19 British Vice-Consul in Kerman, Persia, in 1922-24 Consul-General in Kashgar, in 1926-29 Consul in Seistan.…

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SETON-KARR, Walter Scott

SETON-KARR, Walter Scott. 23.1.1822 — West Brompton, London 22.11.1910. British Civil Servant in India. Son of Andrew S-K, of Roxburghshire (Scotland), and Alicia Anne Rawlinson. He was a godson of Walter Scott. Educated at Rugby. Served in Bengal in judicial and political offices. In 1862-68 Judge of High Court in Calcutta.…

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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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PERCIVAL, Robert

PERCIVAL, Robert. 1765 — 1826. British Colonial Officer. Joined Irish Infantry in the U.K., as Captain in 1895-97 participated in the conquest of Dutch Capeland. In 1797 to Ceylon, where he remained three years. His both books are said to be full of description of the cruelty and treachery of…

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PELSAERT, Francisco

PELSAERT, Francisco. 159? — Batavia ?.9.1630. Dutch Factor in India and Indonesia. From Antwerpen. In 1618 sailed to the East as Assistant, the lowest grade of the Dutch E.I.C.’s service. In 1620 promoted to junior factor (onderkoopman) and posted to India. Travelled overland from the east coast to Surat and…

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NOVÁK, Ondřej

NOVÁK, Ondřej. Prague 10.10.1946 — Vysoké Tatry 19.4.1977. Czech Scholar of Indian History. In 1965-69 studies of Indology, philosophy and history at Prague. Ph.D. 1975. Publications: “The Role of Tradition in Nehru’s Thought”, M. Krása (ed.), Jawaharlal Nehru. A Political Leader. Prague 1974, 40-62. – “Anquetilova indická cesta”, Nový Orient 32, 1977, 209-212. Sources: *M. Krása, Nový Orient 32,…

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MORIARTY, Gerald Patrick

MORIARTY, Gerald Patrick. 1.4.1863 — Cambridge 21.6.1924. British Historian. Son of Stephen Stack M., educated at Brighton College. From 1881 studies at Balliol College, Oxford (B.A. 1885). Worked as tutor in Oxford, then from 1895 I.C.S. teacher and 1897-1924 University Teacher of Indian History at Cambridge (Pembroke College, hon. M.A.…

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