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Sir John Malcolm (1769–1833)

Malcolm, Sir John. A distinguished British soldier, statesman, and historian; born at Burnfoot, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, May 2, 1769; died in London, May 30, 1833. Employed by the East India Company, he distinguished himself as a fighter, diplomatist, and ruler; was president of Mysore 1803; won the important battle of Mehidpur over the Mahrattas in 1817; was governor of Malwa 1818–22; of Bombay 1827–30; Member of Parliament 1831–32. He wrote among others: ‘Political History of India’ (1811); ‘History of Persia’ (2 vols., 1815), which is still an authority; ‘Memoir of Central India’ (1823); and above all, ‘Sketches of Persia’ (1827), still read, and a mine of good stories, legends, travel sketches, descriptions of Oriental life and ceremonial, and manly sense and thought.