GRIFFITHS, Percival

GRIFFITHS, Percival Joseph. Middlesex 15.1.1899 — 14.7.1992. Sir. British Civil Servant in India. M.A. Cambridge, then went to India. Finally District Magistrate of Medinipur in Bengal from 1933. Retired 1937, but stayed in India as a representative of European business. Knighted 1947, K.B.E. 1963. Married 1924 Kathleen Wilkes (d. 1974). Publications: The…

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GODDEN, Gertrude M.

GODDEN, Gertrude Mary. Surbiton, Surrey 17.7.1867 — Burgess Hill, Sussex 15.2.1947. British Anthropological Writer. Roman Catholic. She was an armchair anthropologist who never visited India. Publications: “Naga and Other Frontier Tribes of North-East India”, JRAnthrInst 26, 1897, 161-201 & 27, 1898, 2-51; articles in Folk-Lore. – Also wrote much on modern history and politics.…

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FARMER, Bertram Hughes

FARMER, Bertram Hughes. Wiltshire 1916 — 6.2.1996. British Geographer. Educated at Malmesbury. From 1934 studies at Cambridge (St.John’s College), graduated 1937. Taught at Cambridge. Married Anne Allison Stewart (d. 1995), three sons, one daughter. Publications: With O. H. K. Spate: India and Pakistan: A General and Regional Geography. 827 p. 1954. – Ceylon:…

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D’JAKOV, Aleksej Mihajlovič

D’JAKOV, Aleksej Mihajlovič (A. Diakov). Luganovo 5.(17.)2.1896 — Moscow 16.3.1974. Russian Historian. Son of M. A. D’jakov, grandnephew of M. A. Bakunin. Educated in Tver, studied medicine in 1913-14 at Moscow, 1914-19 at Tomsk, again at Moscow graduated in 1921. Worked in Tadzhikistan, from 1932 in Moscow teaching in various institutes,…

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BELL,  Thomas Evans

BELL,  Thomas Evans. London 11.11.1825 — Kensington, London 12.9.1887. British Colonial Officer in India. Major. Son of William Bell and Elizabeth Kinnear, educated at Wandsworth (London). Joined Madras Army in 1842. In 1855-60 Assistant Commissioner in Nagpur, lost his position because of disagreement with Chief Commissioner. In 1861-63 Deputy Commissioner of…

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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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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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