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Darjeeling and The Dooars Christian Cemeteries and Memorials 1842-1995

Darjeeling and The Dooars Christian Cemeteries and Memorials 1842-1995

Darjeeling and The Dooars Christian Cemeteries and Memorials 1842-1995

Ref: KAB-05

Supplied by Kabristan Archives.

This corner of India bordering Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh holds many surprises for the family historian looking for Scottish ancestors in the tea trade.

In Darjeeling there is a scattering of illustrious incumbents from all over Europe. A Hungarian, Csoma de Koros of Tibetan language fame whose grave is now protected by the Archaeological Survey of India and the Hungarian Government. A German missionary Carl Niebel who translated the scriptures into Lepcha one of the local tribal languages. An Italian Louis Mandelli, a fugitive from Garibaldi times managed a tea estate earned an international reputation as an ornithologist.

The inscriptions from the cemeteries include the abandoned military cantonments have all been obtained from written records from the Oriental & Indian Office Collection in the British Library. This book is a must for those whose ancestors were in ‘tea’.

By Eileen Hewson

Illus. BACSA 2006, paperback. 92 pages.

£10.50