Thomas Watters

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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.



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]

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]

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.
  5. "Review On Yuan Chwang's Travels in India by Thomas Watters, edited after his death by T. W. Rhys Davids and S. W. Bushell, 2 vols". The Athenaeum (4165): 207. 24 August 1907.

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