Revd, Prof
First name(s)
Position(s) held at King's College London Ref: *2

Professor of Gujarati and Marathi, 1865-1873

Education & professional details

Position(s) held (non King's College London) Ref: *3

Wilson College, Bombay where he worked on the translation of the New Testament into Gujarati; then served for a few years with the Irish Presbyterian Mission in Kathiawar; on return to India in 1873 he joined the Baptists was sent by the Baptist Missionary Society to Poona as a missionary 1873-1890.

Publications Refs: *1 *4

With Revd Dhanjibhai Nauroji, Gujarati version of the New Testament, 1852 for Parsees; later became highly critical of the missionary movement and wrote an inflammatory pamphlet, all copies of which were destroyed; A native ministry in India, and what became of it: in connexion with the Irish Presbyterian Mission in Gujarat, in the case of their Parsi missionary, the Revd Hormazdji Pestonji; with prefatory remarks by a friend of Indian missions, with Dr. James Morgan, pub. D.R. Collie & Son, 1863

Personal details

Date of birth Ref: *1
Place of birth Ref: *1
Bombay, India
Date of death
Place of death
Bombay, India
Family details Ref: *1

Born into Parsi family in Bombay, converted to Christianity 1839; his wife and baby daughter were taken away from him because of his conversion and his wife was given in marriage to another man; was eventually reunited with his daughter who was also baptised and had married a prominent Indian pastor; later, Pestonji married a German woman and moved to London where he joined the Baptists.

* References

  1. Keeping Faith with Culture: Protestant Mission Among Zoroastrians of Bombay in the Nineteenth Century, Farshid Namdaran INTERNATIONAL BULLETIN OF MISSIONARY RESEARCH, Vol. 27, No.2, 2003
  2. KA/C/M11
  3. http://www.thefreelibrary.com/Keeping+faith+with+culture
  4. Thompson, R. Wardlaw. British Foreign Missions 1837-1897. 1899. Reprint. London: Forgotten Books, 2013
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