Beke, Charles Tilstone (1800-1874)

Beke, Charles Tilstone (1800-74), explorer, born in London, studied ancient history, philology, and ethnography. His Origines Biblicce (1834) gained him a Tubingen doctorate. In 1837-3S he was British consul at Leipzig. During his Abbyssinian explorations (1840-43) he fixed the latitude of over seventy stations, mapped 70,000 sq. miles and collected fourteen vocabularies. In 1865 he undertook a fruitless mission to Abyssinia, to obtain the release of the captives; in 1874 he explored the region at the head of the Red Sea. He wrote Abyssinia (1845), The Sources of the Nile (1860), British Captives in Abyssinia (1865), King Theodore (1869), and Sinai and Midiau (1878).
1. Chamber's Biographical Dictionary, Philadelphia, 1926, page 84.

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