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Thomas Watters was born on 9 February 1840, and died on 10 January, 1901 at Ealing, London, England. He was a respected Oriental scholar.

Ealing suburb of London, England

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Thomas Watters was born on 9 February 1840 in Newtownards, in County Down, Ireland. He was home schooled by his father, the Rev. Thomas Watters, the Presbyterian Minister in Newtownards. He entered Queen's College, Belfast in 1857 and graduated with B.A. from Queen's University in 1861 and an M.A. in 1861. [1] [2]

Newtownards town, townland and civil parish in County Down, Northern Ireland

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County Down Place in Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

County Down is one of six counties that form Northern Ireland, in the northeast of the island of Ireland. It covers an area of 2,448 km2 and has a population of 531,665. It is also one of the thirty-two traditional counties of Ireland and is within the province of Ulster. It borders County Antrim to the north, the Irish Sea to the east, County Armagh to the west, and County Louth across Carlingford Lough to the southwest.

He was appointed to a post in the Consular Service of China in 1863 going first to Peking (Beijing). He was then posted in 1887-1888 as Acting Consul General in Corea (Korea), in Canton (Guangdong) 1891-1893 and then until April, 1895, Consul in Foochow (Fuzhou), when failing health forced him to retire after 32 years' service in the Far East. [3] [4]

Guangdong Most populous province of the Peoples Republic of China

Guangdong is a province in South China, on the South China Sea coast. Guangdong surpassed Henan and Shandong to become the most populous province in China in January 2005, registering 79.1 million permanent residents and 31 million migrants who lived in the province for at least six months of the year; the total population was 104,303,132 in the 2010 census, accounting for 7.79 percent of Mainland China's population. This also makes it the most populous first-level administrative subdivision of any country outside of South Asia, as its population is surpassed only by those of the Pakistani province of Punjab and the Indian states of Bihar, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh. The provincial capital Guangzhou and economic hub Shenzhen are among the most populous and important cities in China. The population increase since the census has been modest, the province registering 108,500,000 people in 2015.

Partial list of works


  1. Bushell, S W. 'Thomas Watters - Obituary'. Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society (1901), republished in On Yuan Chwang's Travels in India (629-645 AD), p. VIII.
  2. Cordier, Henri. "Thomas Watters - Necrologie". Toung Pao, Serie II, Vol II (1901), pp 92-3.
  3. Bushell, S W. 'Thomas Watters - Obituary'. Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society (1901), republished in On Yuan Chwang's Travels in India (629-645 AD), p. IX.
  4. Cordier, Henri. "Thomas Watters - Necrologie". Toung Pao, Serie II, Vol II (1901), pp 92-3.

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