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Elliot, Sir Walter, 1803-1887 (curator and archaeologist)



  • Existence: 1803 - 1887


Sir Walter Elliot was Scottish civil servant based in Madras, India. He was an archaeologist and collector, and he excavated at Amaravati in 1845.

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Indian copper plate charters, 5th-16th centuries CE

Identifier: Coll-1860/CP
Scope and Contents This is an important collection of 7 Indian inscriptions in Sanskrit on copper plates recording land grants dating from the 5th to 16th centuries CE. The study of such inscriptions is an important element within Indian epigraphy, especially for the early ones which have survived whereas other perishable writing materials of the period have not. The inscriptions normally record donations by kings of villages or land to the Hindu Brahman elite (who are considered to be particularly deserving...
Dates: 5th-16th centuries CE
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The Sir Walter Elliot Archive

Identifier: Coll-1860
Scope and Contents

This collection is composed of seven Indian copper plate charters in Sanskrit recrding land grants, dating from the 5th to 16th centuries CE, and of three volumes containing rubbings of inscriptions from different regions of India, collected by Sir Walter Elliot throughout the 19th century.

Dates: 5th-19th centuries

Volumes of rubbings, 1803-1887

Identifier: Coll-1860/1
Scope and Contents

This sub-fonds consists of three manuscript volumes containing copies of inscriptions in sanskrit from different part of India, collected by Sir Walter Elliot.

  1. Two volumes entitled Carnátaka-Desa inscriptions, Vol. I and Vol. II
  2. One volume entitled Telinga-Deśa Inscriptions
Dates: 1803-1887