Raffles, Sir Thomas Stamford (17811826)

Raffles, Sir Thomas Stamford, English administrator, born in Jamaica; entered the East India Company's service, and rose in it; became Governor of Java, and wrote a history of it; held afterwards an important post in Sumatra, and formed a settlement at Singapore; returned to England with a rich collection of natural objects and documents, but lost most of them by the ship taking fire (17811826).

Definition taken from The Nuttall Encyclopædia, edited by the Reverend James Wood (1907)

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