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Sidney Lee

revised by Elizabeth Baigent

Balfour, Francis (d. in or after 1816), surgeon and orientalist, was born in Edinburgh and took his MD degree there in 1767. He entered the East India Company's service in Bengal as assistant surgeon on 3 July 1769, and was appointed full surgeon on 10 August 1777....

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Cawton, Thomas (bap. 1642, d. 1677), orientalist and nonconformist minister, was baptized at Wivenhoe, Essex, on 23 September 1642, the eldest son of Thomas Cawton (1605–1659), a distinguished divine and vicar of the parish, and Elizabeth, daughter of the preacher William Jenkyn. In 1644 the family moved to ...

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Gordon Goodwin

revised by Parvin Loloi

Francklin, William (1763–1839), orientalist, was born in 1763, the eldest son of the classical scholar and dramatist Thomas Francklin (1721–1784) and his wife, Mary (d. 1796), the daughter of a wine merchant named Venables. He was educated at Westminster School from 1777 to 1781 and at ...

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Gordon Goodwin

revised by Philip Carter

Hamilton, Charles (1752/3–1792), orientalist, was born in Belfast, the only son of Charles Hamilton (d. 1759), a merchant from an established but impoverished Scottish family, and Katherine, née Mackay (d. 1767), of Dublin. His sister was the writer on education Elizabeth Hamilton (1756?–1816)...

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Newbold, Thomas John (1807–1850), army officer in the East India Company and oriental scholar, son of Francis Newbold, surgeon, of Macclesfield, Cheshire, was born in Macclesfield on 8 February 1807. He was commissioned ensign in the 23rd regiment Madras light infantry in 1828, and arrived in ...

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Polier, Antoine Louis Henri (bap. 1741, d. 1795), military engineer and collector of oriental manuscripts, was baptized on 28 February 1741 at Lausanne, Switzerland, the younger son of Jacques Henri Polier (bap. 1700, d. 1781), of a French protestant family which had settled in ...

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Charlotte Fell-Smith

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Roebuck, Thomas (1781–1819), orientalist, was born in Linlithgowshire, the grandson of John Roebuck the inventor, and cousin of John Arthur Roebuck (1802–1879), radical politician. He went to school at Alloa, and afterwards to the high school at Edinburgh. His uncle Benjamin Roebuck (...

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Woide, Charles Godfrey (1725–1790), oriental scholar and librarian, was born in Poland on 4 July 1725. He was educated at the universities of Frankfurt an der Oder and Leiden and became a minister of the Socinian church at Lissa, in Poland, near the border of ...