Henry Keene: Travel journal in Germany and Austria

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Journal entries describing Keene's travels in Germany and Austria.

Administrative / Biographical History

Henry George Keene (1781-1864), Persian scholar, was born in London on 30 September 1781. After a private education, he joined the Madras army as a cadet, taking part in the siege and storming of Seringapatam in 1799. He entered the Madras civil service in 1801, and attended Fort William College, Calcutta, 1801-1804. In 1809 he resigned from the service and returned to England. Keene entered Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, in 1811, where he became a Fellow in 1817. He was ordained deacon in 1818, and priest in 1819, and was Professor of Arabic and Persian at the East India College, Haileybury, 1824-1834. He died at Tunbridge Wells on 29 January 1864.

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Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Purchased from Henry Bristow Ltd, 22 June 1979.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Henry Keene in J.A. Venn, Alumni Cantabrigienses, part II, vol. IV (Cambridge University Press, 1951), p. 7.

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