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Fraser, James (1712/13–1754), East India Company servant and collector of oriental manuscripts, was the second son of Alexander Fraser (d. 1733) of Reelig, near Inverness, and his wife, Catherine, daughter of Hugh Fraser of Belladrum. Fraser was appointed a writer to the ...

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William Marsden (1754–1836) by George Dance, 1794 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Marsden, William (1754–1836), orientalist and numismatist, was born on 16 November 1754 at Verval, co. Wicklow, Ireland, the tenth of the sixteen children of John Marsden (1715–1801), shipping merchant and banker, and his second wife, Eleanor Bagnall (d. 1804). John Marsden retired from 'extensive mercantile and shipping concerns' in 1764, and became one of the first directors of the ...

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Poole, Stanley Edward Lane- (1854–1931), oriental numismatist and historian, was born in London on 18 December 1854, the elder son of the Arabic scholar Edward Stanley Poole (1830–1867) [see under Poole, Sophia Lane] and his wife, Roberta Elizabeth Louisa, daughter of ...