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Bell, Sir Charles Alfred (1870–1945), administrator in India and Tibetologist, was born in Fort William, Calcutta, on 31 October 1870, the third son of Henry Bell, of the Indian Civil Service, and his wife, Anne, daughter of George Dumbell, of Douglas, Isle of Man...

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Crawfurd, John (1783–1868), orientalist and colonial administrator, was born on 13 August 1783 on the island of Islay, Inner Hebrides, the son of Samuel Crawfurd, a medical doctor from Ayrshire, and his wife, Margaret, née Campbell, whose family owned a small estate on the island. At the village school in ...

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Cust, Robert Needham (1821–1909), East India Company servant and orientalist, was born at Cockayne Hatley, Bedfordshire, on 24 February 1821, the second son of Henry Cockayne Cust (1780–1861), canon of Windsor, and his wife, Lady Anna Maria Elizabeth (d. 1866), eldest daughter of ...

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Davis, Samuel (1760–1819), East India Company servant and orientalist, was born in the West Indies, the younger son of John Davis, who held the post there of commissary-general, and his Welsh wife (née Phillips). He went to England with his mother and two sisters after the death of his father. Despite the evident poverty of the family, ...

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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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Lyall, Sir Charles James (1845–1920), administrator in India and orientalist, was born in London on 9 March 1845, the eldest son of Charles Lyall, banker, of Stoke Green, near Slough, and his wife, Harriet, daughter of John Matheson of Attadale, Ross-shire. He was educated in ...