William Reeve (missionary)

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William Reeve (1794-1850) was a London Missionary Society missionary to India, author of an early dictionary of the Kannada language, and translator with John Hands of the Bible into Kannada. The dictionary was compiled from 1827 to 1834, when he was in Bangalore.[1] His connection with the Society ceased November 23, 1835.[2]

William Reeve was the first to compile the Canarese - English dictionary, which was published in 1858, by the Wesleyan Mission Press, financially supported by Sir. Mark Cubbon the British Resident of Mysore[3]

Reeve was minister of the Congregational church at Oswestry, from 1836 to 1843. He then suffered a complete loss of sight, and moved to Bristol. He died in 1850.[1][4]


  1. ^ a b Richard Lovett, The History of the London Missionary Society, 1795-1895 vol. 2 (1899), p. 106; archive.org.
  2. ^ 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 Connection with Society ceased, Nov. 23, 1335 Date of death unknown. "
  3. ^ Reeve, William (1858). Sanderson, Daniel, ed. A Dictionary, Canarese and english (PDF). Bangalore: Wesleyan Mission Press. Retrieved 18 January 2017. 
  4. ^ George Eyre Evans, William George Dimock Fletcher, William Kinsella, Shropshire Parish Registers: Nonconformist and Roman Catholic registers (1903), section Oswestry Old Chapel registers, p. v; archive.org.