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Bowrey, Thomas (d. 1713), merchant and compiler of the first Malay–English dictionary, is of obscure origins. It may be that he was the son of one Thomas Bowrey of Wapping, Middlesex, mariner, and he was certainly kin to some of the Wapping Bowreys...

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Robson, John Henry Matthews (1870–1945), colonial administrator and journalist, was born in Sydney Road, Guildford, Surrey, on 8 May 1870, the eldest son of John Henry Robson, then chaplain at the Surrey County Hospital, and his wife, Martha Esther, née Adcock. He was educated privately and (from 1884 to 1886) at ...

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Shellabear, William Girdlestone (1862–1947), missionary and Malay scholar, was born on 27 August 1862 at Buttlands, Wells, Norfolk, the son of Samuel Shellabear, accountant, and manager of the earl of Leicester's estate at Holkham Hall, and his wife, Eliza, née Young. He was educated at ...

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Wilkinson, Richard James (1867–1941), colonial administrator and Malay scholar, was born on 29 May 1867 at Salonika, the eldest son of the British consul, Richard Wilkinson (d. 1894), and his wife, Jane Whittall. He spent much of his boyhood in Spain, where his father was consul at ...

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Winstedt, Sir Richard Olaf (1878–1966), civil servant and Malay scholar, was born in North Parade, Oxford, on 2 August 1878, one of at least two sons of a naturalized Swede, Isaac Olof Winstedt, tailor and outfitter, and his wife, Sarah Mary Castell, who belonged to an old-established ...

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Sir Richard Olof Winstedt (1878–1966) by Dora Gordine, c. 1930 courtesy of the Royal Asiatic Society, London / Photograph Graeme Gardiner