Papers of Michael John Rowlandson
- This material is held at
- ReferenceGB 891 MJR
- Dates of Creation1825 - 18871982
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish Arabic Hindi Persian
- Physical Description1 archival box
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
Michael John Rowlandson was born in 1804, in Hungerford, Berkshire, his father being the Vicar of Warminster. He joined the Indian army as a cadet in 1820, becoming a lieutenant in 1821 and a major in 1824.He served at the College of Fort St. George as a Persian and Arabic translator and teacher and produced an Arabic textbook, "An analysis of Arabic quotations which occur in the Gulistan of Muslih-ud-Deen Sheikh Sadi, as collated with and according to the editions of Gentius and Gladwin, accompanied by a free translation: to which are added Persian illustrations of the same, and remarks on Arabic grammar, both in the English and Persian languages, the latter being extracts from the Muntiʼkhib alsurf of Moulevy Syed Ameer Hyder", for use at the College in 1828. He then went on to translate "Tohfut-ul-mujahideen", which was published by the Oriental Translation Society in 1833. He was also the author of some Christian tracts including "A Basket of Fragments and Crumbs for the Children of God" and "Specimens of Much Fine Gold". He died in Bournemouth in 1894.
Due to the small size of the Collection it was catalogued as one series.
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The Papers were donated by Muriel Turner, great-granddaughter of Rowlandson, in 1982.
The Papers were catalogued by Nancy Charley, RAS Archivist, in 2018.
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The papers were the private documents of Rowlandson and seem to have been kept within the family until their donation to the Royal Asiatic Society in 1982.