Low, James (DNB00)

LOW, JAMES (d. 1852), lieutenant-colonel Madras army, Siamese scholar, received a cadetship in 1811, and on 11 June 1812 was appointed ensign 25th Madras native infantry. He became lieutenant in 1817, and captain 46th Madras native infantry in 1826. He retired as lieutenant-colonel 16th Madras native infantry in 1845. He was for many years in civil charge of the province of Wellesley in the Straits Settlements. Low died 2 May 1852. He was the author of ‘A Dissertation on the Soil and Agriculture of Penang’ (London, 1828), of a grammar of the Siamese (Thia) language, Calcutta, 1828, of treatises on Siamese literature, Buddha, the Phrabat, and the laws of Siam. Copies of his Siamese drawings form Brit. Mus. Add. MS. 27370.

[East India Registers and Army Lists; Balfour's Cycl. of India.]

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