Francis Johnson (linguist)

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Francis Johnson (c. 1795/96 – 29 January 1876) was a British linguist who taught Sanskrit, Telugu and Bengali at the East India Company College between 1824 and 1855. He compiled a comprehensive Persian, Arabic, and English dictionary, which he published in 1852.[1]

As a young man, he travelled to Rome and Athens with Charles Lock Eastlake and Charles Barry and others, returning to England in 1824.

A nonconformist, he funded the construction in 1829 of a Congregationalist chapel at Hertford Heath, and its subsequent operation.

He also published

  • Johnson, Francis. Hitopadesa. The Sanskrit Text of the First Book, or Mitra-Labha; with a Grammatical Analysis, Alphabetically Arranged. Prepared for the Use of the East-India College, by Francis Johnson, Professor. London: James Madden and Co. Successors to Parbury and Co., 8 Leadenhall Street, 1840.[2]

He married in 1857 and died in Hertford in 1876.[3]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Cecil Bendall, "Johnson, Francis (1795/6–1876)", rev. Parvin Loloi, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004, accessed 28 September 2016
  2. ^ Bibliography for William Carey, D. D. (1761-1834) See notes accessed 9 Oct 2007
  3. ^ Stephen, Sir Leslie (1892). Dictionary of National Biography. Macmillan. p. 11. Retrieved 28 September 2016.