SYKES, W. H.

SYKES, William Henry. near Bradford, Yorkshire 25.1.1790 — London 16.6.1872. British Colonial Officer in India, with wide scholarly interests. Son of Samuel Sykes, an estate owner. Entered as cadet in 1803, Lieutenant in Bombay Army 1805, participated in the siege of Bharatpur. Learnt soon Hindī and Marāṭhī. Captain 1819, traveled…

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SCOTT, Jonathan

SCOTT, Jonathan. Shrewsbury 1754 — Shrewsbury 11.2.1829. British Colonial Officer and Oriental (Arabic and Persian) Scholar in India. Son of Jonathan Scott, brother of John Scott (1747–1819), an officer in India and supporter of Warren Hastings. Educated in Shrewsbury. “To India, in the 29th N.I., in 1772, Captain 1778, Persian…

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SLEEMAN, William Henry

SLEEMAN, William Henry. Stratton, Cornwall 18.8.1788 — at sea 10/25.2.1856. Sir. British Colonial Officer in India. Son of Philip Sl., lost his father in 1798, mother 1818. In 1809 joined the Bengal Army as infantry cadet, was immediately sent to India. From 1820 Ensign, 1814 Lieutenant, in 1814-16 in the…

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SIDDONS, George Richard

SIDDONS, George Richard. Fort Marlborough, Bengkulu, Sumatra 1.12.1809 — at sea ?.7.1857. British Colonial Officer in India. Son of George John S. of Bengal Civil Service and Mary Fombelle, born in the British base in Sumatra, baptized in Calcutta. Lieutenant in the 1830s, then captain, finally major. Married 1850 with…

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SICÉ, François Eugène

SICÉ, François Eugène. 1??? — 1???. French Colonial Officer in India, interested in Indian law. Sous-commissaire de la marine, in Pondichéry in the 1840s and later, then also in Karikal. Married with Josephine Cammiade, one son. Publications: Mélanges poétiques. 1841, 2nd ed. 1861. – “Traité de lois mahométans”, JA 3:12,…

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SHORE, John

SHORE, John (1798 first baron Teignmouth). London 5. or 8.10.1751 — London 14.2.1834. British Colonial Officer. Son of Thomas Shore, educated at Harrow. In India 1769-90 in E.I.C.’s civil service in Calcutta: in 1775-80 Member of Committee of Revenue, then Revenue Commissioner in Dacca and Bihar and 1787-89 Member of…

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SHAKESPEAR, John

SHAKESPEAR, John. Indore 1.9.1861 — 1942. British Colonial Officer in India. Son of Colonel Sir Richmond Campbell Sh. (1812–61, served in India) and Marion Sophia Thompson. “Educated at Wellington College and Sandhurst, entered the Army, 1881, and became Major, 1895. Intelligence Officer, Lushai and Chin-Lushai expeditions, 1888-9, … Superintendent, South…

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WINSTEDT, Richard Olaf

WINSTEDT, Richard Olaf. Oxford 2.8.1878 — 2.6.1966. Sir. British South-East Asian (Malay) Scholar. Educated at Magdalen College School and New College, Oxford. In 1902 joined Malayan Civil Service, served first in Perak and Negri Sembilan. From 1913 District Officer at Kuala Pilah, from 1923 Acting Secretary to High Commissioner. In…

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WILKS, Mark

WILKS, Mark. Isle of Man 1759 — Berwickshire 19.9.1831. British Colonial Officer in India. Son of a minister, of Manx gentry. Joined the E.I.C.’s army and went to Madras in 1782. Learned soon Persian. In 1786 Deputy Secretary to the Military Board and 1787 Secretary to Close’s Mission to Mysore.…

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WILFORD, Francis

WILFORD, Francis. 1771 (1761?) — Benares 1822. British (of German Origin) Colonial Officer and Indologist in India. Born in the Kingdom of Hannover, obtained classical education. At an early age (1781?) joined the E.I.C.’s military service. Served many years as Lieutenant, in the end Colonel (possibly retired in 1794 and…

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