VOST, William

VOST, William. ?.11.1861 — London 1947.  British (Scottish) Army Physician in India. Son of Henry Vost and Isobel Charlotte Broad. Medical studies at Glasgow. From 1887 served in North India. Surgeon-Captain (1893). Retired as Lieutenant-Colonel in 1913. Married 1910 Gladys McKechnie (1886–1969), two children. Publications: Numismatic articles in JASB in the 1890s. –…

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WILSON, John

WILSON, John. Lauder, Berwickshire 11.12.1804 — near Bombay 1.12.1875. Rev. British (Scottish) Missionary in India, Indologist and Iranian Scholar. Son of Andrew W., a farmer and township councillor, and his wife Janet. From the age of 14 studied arts, then theology at Edinburgh, during holidays worked as tutor. He became…

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WILKINS, Charles

WILKINS, Charles. Frome, Somerset bapt. 21.6.1749 (not 1750!) — London 13.5.1833. Sir. British Pioneer of Indology. In India 1770-86. Son of Hugh W. (Sengupta Walter W.)and Mary Wray, a modest family. Joining the E.I.C.’s service he came to India as a Writer in July 1770 and served in 1770-72 as…

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WESTMACOTT, Edward Vesey

WESTMACOTT, Edward Vesey. Chastleton, Oxford 1839 — 1911. BritishCivil Servant in India. B.A. Oxford. Served in Bengal. Married 1874 Annie Mary Charlotte Richards, divorce 1898, children. Publications: Letter on the Identification of ancient towns in Bengal, ProcASB 1874, 57f.; “Note on the Site of Fort Ekdálah, District Dínájpúr”, JASB 43:1, 1874,…

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WEST, Arthur A.

WEST, Arthur Anderson. London 1827 — Theydon Bois, Essex 1913. Britishman, younger brother of —> E. W. West, whom he assisted in his epigraphical studies. Educated at King’s College. Went to India in 1847. Engineer, like his brother involved in building railways. Left India 1873, spent some time in Canada and…

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WEISSBACH, Franz Heinrich

WEISSBACH, Franz Heinrich. Chemnitz 25.11.1865 — Markkleeberg 20.2.1944. German Assyriologist. Librarian in Leipzig. Son of Franz Robert W., a hat maker, and Clara Auguste Leonhardt. Gymnasium in Zwickau. From 1885 studies of classical and Oriental (F. Delitzsch) philology and theology at Leipzig. Ph.D. 1889 Leipzig. From 1888 working in Leipzig…

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WATSON, John Whaley

WATSON, John Whaley. 1838 — 1889. British Colonial Officer in India, interested in Archaeology and History. Served in Bombay Staff Corps. In the end of the 1870s President of Rājasthānik Court in Kathiawar, in 1881-89 political agent of Kathiawar Agency, as Colonel. Married Elizabeth Charlotta Watts, eight children. Watson Museum…

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WATHEN, William Henry

WATHEN, William Henry. 1795? — Cape Town 28.6.1866, when 71. British Civil Servant in India. In Bombay as early as 1810. In the 1820s and early 1830s Persian secretary to Bombay Government, in 1837/38 Chief Secretary to it. Introduced to Oriental studies by Elphinstone. Last mention in 1844, still in…

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WALSH, Ernest Herbert Cooper

WALSH, Ernest Herbert Cooper. Derbyshire 7.3.1865 — ?.3.1952 (when 87). British Numismatist and Tibetan Scholar. Son of a Wesleyan minister, Thomas Harris Walsh, and Catherine Jane Tull. Educated at Trent College. Studied law at University College, London. In 1884 joined I.C.S. From 1901 Deputy Commissioner of Darjeeling, in 1903-04 participated…

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RICE, Benjamin Lewis

RICE, Benjamin Lewis. Bangalore 17.7.1837 — 10.7.1927. British Schoolteacher, Historian and Indologist in India. Born in South India, where his father, —> Benjamin Holt Rice, was working as missionary. Educated at home, then sent to school in England. After having worked a while in business in London he came in…

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