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From: "Molly & Louis Hamilton" <>
Subject: Re: [INDIA-BRITISH-RAJ] "Tea & Tigers: Stories of Scotland andSouthAsia", July-Sept 2007
Date: Sat, 23 Jun 2007 11:16:31 +1000
Hi David, I have sent this to the Lanark Family History Association forum.
It may interest someone there.
Molly Sarstedt-Hamilton, Townsville, Australia
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Sent: Saturday, June 23, 2007 10:38 AM
Subject: [INDIA-BRITISH-RAJ] "Tea & Tigers: Stories of Scotland and
SouthAsia", July-Sept 2007
> Attention those with Scottish ancestors who have made a name for
> in South Asia.
> The National Library of Scotland has an exhibition which celebrates the
> exploits of Scottish men and women in India and other parts of the region.
> It opens
> in Edinburgh on Saturday 30th June with the title "Tea and Tigers: Stories
> Scotland and South Asia" Among the many stories featured is that of the
> missionary Robert Caldwell 1814-91 of South India whose biography was
> last month (see outline below). The exhibition, which will last three
> ending on 30th September, will be in the National Library, George IV
> Edinburgh (Tel: 0131-6233700. Website: www.nls.uk)
> The Caldwell Story.
> In this new biography, Robert Caldwell is described as 'a
> scholar-missionary'. He was indeed a man of many parts, and the story of
> his fifty year mission
> in South India has a strong secular component. At his core were his faith,
> intellect and his scholarship, much of the latter derived from his time at
> Glasgow University where he developed an interest in comparative
> Products of this were his monumental works on Dravidian languages and the
> of the region. These, together with his influential position both in South
> Indian society and at home, were a vital stimulus to the Tamil revival and
> growth of the Non-Brahmin movement which has been so marked in the
> Meanwhile, in circumstances which made evangelism difficult, Caldwell
> achieved levels of conversion unheard of in India. This was partly by his
> adapted the methods of the early Lutheran missionaries who had laboured
> there long
> before. He had learned German purely in order to study their practices -
> indication of the man he was. As a result Caldwell, the evangelist and
> scholar, remains today an important and still-revered figure in the modern
> history of South India. His statue, erected eighty years after his death,
> stands on
> the Marina Beach at Chennai. An Indian historian recently wrote:
> contribution to both Christianity in South India and the cultural
> awakening of
> the region is unmatched during the last two hundred years".
> "ROBERT CALDWELL: A Scholar-Missionary in Colonial South India."
> ISBN 978-81-7214-958-1
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