TREBECK, George

TREBECK, George. Middlesex 1800 — Shah Merdon, Afghanistan 1825. British Traveller in Central Asia. Son of Charles Tr. In 1815 arrived at Calcutta and in 1819 became Moorcroft’s assistant on his travels in tn Kashmir and Afghanistan. Died a few days after Moorcroft. Publications: With W. Moorcroft: Travels in the…

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THÉVENOT, Jean de

THÉVENOT, Jean de. Paris 16.6.1633 — Mianeh, Persia 28.11.1667. French Traveller in Persia and India. Nephew of Melchisédek Th. (1620–1692), librarian and Oriental scholar. First several travels in Europe (1652-55), Levant (1655-59) and Persia (1663-66). In January 1666 came by sea from Persia to Surat, from there went to Ahmedabad…

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TERRY, Edward

TERRY, Edward. Kent 1590 — 8.10.1660. Rev. British Traveller in India. After school in Rochester studied from 1608 at Oxford, Christ Church: B.A. 1611, M.A. 1614. In 1616 Sir Thomas Roe asked for a new chaplain after the death of John Hall and Terry took the offer. In 1617 he…

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TAVERNIER, Jean Baptiste

TAVERNIER, Jean Baptiste (1669 baron d’Aubonne). Paris 1605 — Moscow 1689. French Jeweller and Traveller in India. Son of Gabriel T., a Huguenot merchant and geographer. Early travels in England, Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Italy and Hungary. Also worked as guide and translator as he had learned several European languages. He…

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PYRARD DE LAVAL, François

PYRARD DE LAVAL, François. Laval c. 1578 — Paris c. 1623. French Traveller in Maldives and India. In May 1601 he sailed on Corbin, one of the two ships equiped by the burghers of St.Malo, Laval and Vitre in order to compete with the Dutch E.I.C. Passing St.Helena and the…

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POLO, Marco

POLO, Marco. Venice 1254 (or 1250?) — Venice 1324. Famous Italian (Venetian) Traveller in the Middle Ages, spent many years in China. Born in a wealthy family of nobility, he left Venice in 1271 together with his father Niccolò and uncle Maffeo, who had returned from their earlier commercial visit…

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POLIER, Antoine-Louis-Henri

POLIER, Antoine-Louis-Henri. Lausanne ?.2.1741 — near Avignon 9.2.1795. Swiss Officer and Traveller in India. Son of Jacques H. E. Polier, a French Huguenot naturalized in Switzerland, he got a good education and showed interest in mathematics. Invited by his uncle Paul-Philippe Polier, a General-Major in Indian army, he joined British Indian army…

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PAES, D

PAES, D. 14?? — 15??. Portuguese Merchant in India. In c. 1520 wrote his account, characterized by reliable and exact observations and including important information about Vijayanagara. The manuscript came to Portugal and was used by Barros, but then forgotten. Publications: ed. together with the account of F. Nuniz by…

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VIGNE, Godfrey Thomas

VIGNE, Godfrey Thomas. Walthamstown, Essex 1.9.1801 — 12.7.1863. British Traveller in India and America. Son of Thomas Vigne, “educated at Harrow. Called to the bar at Lincoln’s Inn, 1824. Travelled in America, 1831. Went to India, 1832, through Persia. Visited Kashmir, Ladak, Afghanistan, saw the Amir… Travelled in the W.…

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VEYSSIÈRE DE LACROZE, Mathurin (de La Croze)

VEYSSIÈRE DE LACROZE, Mathurin (de La Croze). Nantes 4.12.1661 — Berlin 21.5.1739. French Orientalist and Polyhistor. Son of a rich merchant, he left school and went to the colony of Guadeloupe to learn trade. Back in Nantes (1677) and after the bankruptcy of his father he studied medicine and joined…

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