Beames, John

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Beames, John Gender: M
born on 21 June 1837 at 01:00 (= 01:00 AM )
Place Greenwich, England, 51n29, 0e0
Timezone LMT m0e0 (is local mean time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 29°23' s_mo.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 02°44 Asc.s_taucol.18.gif 01°52'


English civil servant in British India and an author. The eldest son of Rev. Thomas Beames, preacher of St James's Church, Piccadilly, Beames was educated at Merchant Taylors' School and Haileybury College before leaving for India in 1858. He served in the Punjab from March 1859, to late 1861 and in Bengal from December 1861 until the conclusion of his service in 1893. Latterly, Beames was employed in the Bengal Presidency, becoming a permanent Collector in 1867 and a Commissioner in 1881. He thrice officiated as a Member of the Board of Revenue. By the time he retired from the ICS in March 1893, Beames had gained extensive knowledge of Indian life and in 1896 chose to set down in writing an account of his career. This account was first published in 1961 as Memoirs of a Bengal Civilian. He died on 1 May 1902.

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Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes "Memoirs of a Bengal Civilian" by John Beames (Chatto & Windus, 1961), p. 26: "I WAS born at one o'clock in the morning of the twenty-first of June 1837, at Lieutenant Dewsnap's quarters in the Royal Naval Hospital, Greenwich."


  • Vocation : Politics : Government employee (Civil servant)
  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer (Memoirist)