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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies


Henry Stumbles was born in Lewisham, ca. 1873. He joined the Tibetan Pioneer Mission, established by Annie Royle Taylor, and was based in Kalimpong, 1894-5. He was educated at Edinburgh University, MB and Chb, 1902, and MD, 1910; Durham University, Bachelor of Hygiene and Diploma of Public Health, 1910; Strasbourg and Paris. He practised as a doctor at Amble, Northumbria, 1902-11, and Hove, Sussex, 1911-15. He died in Hove, 2 October 1915

The collection, housed in a single box, mainly comprises a manuscript, lectures, press cuttings and photographs, dating from 1895-1915.

HS/1 Manuscript on medicine and surgery in Tibet
Apr 1910
1 vol, typescript
Presented as an Edinburgh University MD thesis

HS/2 Copy lecture on Tibet
1 folder
Given at the Sussex Literary Society, 28 Nov 1912
With notes

HS/3 Draft lecture on Buddhism
1 bundle (1) and 1 folder (2), ms and typescript
With copy

HS/3/1 Draft lecture

HS/3/2 Copy of lecture

HS/4 Lecture notes on Tibet
1 sheaf

HS/5 Draft sermons
3 pamphlets in 1 bundle

HS/6 Tibetan exercise books
undated, 1895
2 vols



HS/7 Notes on a Tibetan translation of the Gospel of St John
1 vol, printed
With ms annotations
English and Tibetan

HS/8 Cards displaying Biblical texts
1 bundle, printed and illuminated

HS/9 Press cuttings
2 bundles, printed and typescript
Extracts from Stumbles' diary published in the Kentish Mercury
Includes Port Said, Egypt; Colombo, Ceylon; Calcutta, Darjeeling and Kalimpong, India; Sikkim; and Tibet

HS/9/1 Press cuttings

HS/9/2 Transcript of press cuttings
Titled 'A Lewisham Man in Further India'

HS/10 Obituary
9 Oct 1915
1 item, printed
Published in the Brighton Herald

HS/11 Photographs
3 black and white prints, mounted
Comprises a portrait of Henry Stumbles in Tibetan dress; a photograph of the Cathedral Schools, Bombay, India; and a photograph of a Hindu sacred car.