John Hands (5 December 1780 – Dublin, 30 June 1864) was a missionary of the London Missionary Society in India and, with William Reeve, translator of one of the first Bible translations into Kannada (1820). Hands founded the mission station in Bellary in 1810, after having failed to establish a base at Seringapatam.
- Indian missionary directory and memorial volume Brenton Hamline Badley - 1881 "John Hands. B. Dec 5, 1780. Arrived in India in 1810. Labored chiefly at Bellary : for some years also at Bangalore. Was one of the translators of the first version of the Canarese Bible. Ret. 1842. D at Dublin, June 30, 1864.
- Indian missionary directory and memorial volume Brenton Hamline Badley - 1881 "William Reeve. B. 1794. 0. Feb. 7, 1816. A. at Madras Aug. 26, 1816, and at Bellary, Sept. 27. R. to Eng. Sept. 18, 1824.1tt. ... revision of Canarese Bible. Compiled two Canarese English Dictionaries H. to Eng. Feb. 17,1834"
- The spread of printing eastern hemisphere india, pakistan, ceylon, ... - Page 49 Dennis E. Rhodes - 1969 "But he gives only the following imprints, which are not in the British Museum: New Testament translated into Carnatica language by J. Hands. Bellary, 1820. Bunyan, John. Pilgrim's Progress. (In Canarese.) Bellary, 1833.
- Proceedings of the South India missionary conference - Page 103 South India Missionary Conference - 1858 "The Bellary Mission of the London Missionary Society was commenced in the year 1810 by the Rev. John Hands. He had previously endeavoured to establish a Canarese Mission at Seringapatam. Failing in this object, he succeeded with great "
- Memoir of the Late REV. John Reid, M.A., of Bellary, East Indies Original publication date: 1845 Subtitle: Comprising Incidents of the Bellary Mission for a Period of Eleven Years, From 1830 to 1840. General Books Ralph Wardlaw publication date: 2009
- The Evangelical Magazine and Missionary Chronicle - Page 78 1822 "BELLARY. By a letter from Mr. John Hands, dated 6th July last, we learn that it is intended to erect a larger and more commodious chapel in the Mission Garden. A subscription has been opened at Bellary, and about 300 rupees received."
- Missionary register: Volume 7 - Page 37 Church Missionary Society - 1819 BELLARY. A Town in the Mysore. 1810. John Hands, William Reeve, Joseph Taylor. There are Seven Native Schools at this Station, containing about 300 Children. The Scriptures are taught in them all. It is intended to establish more.