(1840–1900) Historian and novelist, born in Glasgow, educated there and in Paris and Bonn. He entered the Indian Civil Service in 1862. He was a man of broad cultural interests and was author of several notable works on Indian historical subjects, including Annals of Rural Bengal (1868), Orissa (1872), The Imperial Gazetteer of India (1881), the novel The Old Missionary (1895), which documents life in India in the early 19th century, and The Thackerays in India (1897). He had completed only two volumes of his History of British India (1899–1900) at his death.
From The Oxford Companion to English Literature in Oxford Reference.