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SIR HENRY YULE (182o-1889)

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Originally appearing in Volume V28, Page 946 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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SIR HENRY YULE (182o-1889), British Orientalist, was born on the 1st of May 1820, at Inveresk, near Edinburgh, the son of Major William Yule (1764-1839), translator of the Apothegms of Ali. He was educated at Edinburgh, Addiscombe and Chatham, and joined the Bengal Engineers in 1840. He served in both the Sikh wars, was secretary to Colonel (afterwards Sir) Arthur Phayre's mission to Ava (1855), and wrote his Narrative of the Mission to the Court of Ava (1858). He retired in 1862 with the rank of colonel, and devoted his leisure to the medieval history and geography of Central Asia. He published Cathay and the Way Thither (1866), the Book of Ser Marco Polo 1871-75), for which he received the gold medal of the Royal Geographical Society, and brought out with Dr Arthur C. Burnell Hobson-Jobson (1886), a dictionary of Anglo-Indian colloquial phrases. For the Hakluyt Society, of which he was for some time president, he edited (1863) the Mirabilia descriptaof Jordanus and The Diary of William Hedges (1887-89). The latter contains a biography of Governor Pitt, grandfather of Chatham. From 1875 to 1889 Yule was a member of the Council of India, being appointed K.C.S.I. on his retirement. He died on the 3oth of December 1889. See Memoir by his daughter, prefixed to the posthumous third edition of_Marco Polo (1903).
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I have an oil on canvas by Henry Yule that we inherited.Would it be worth anything? Thank you, J.Devers
A propos your commentator's inherited painting by Sir Henry Yule I should be interested to know the subject and whether you are his descendant. The Friends of Woodbury Park Cemetery, Tunbridge Wells recently refurbished his grave and re-erected the headstone. We are keen to know more about what brought him and his second wife here to spend their final days. June Bridgeman
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