Claudius Buchanan

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Claudius Buchanan became prominent in the years 1805-1811 as a propagandist for Christianization of the South Asian subjects of the British Empire. He was a leading force in the revision of East India Company policy towards the Christian missions which was to be enshrined in the new terms of the revised East India Company Charter in 1813.

Claudius Buchanan was born on 12 March 1766 at Cambuslang, a village near Glasgow, in Scotland, the son of a pious schoolmaster. He took a degree from Glasgow University in 1786, but declined to enter the ministry of the Church of Scotland and, inspired by the Romantic ethos of the wanderjahre, wandered through Europe on foot, supporting himself by busking with his violin, at times …

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Clark, Robert. "Claudius Buchanan". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 31 March 2009
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