Edward Farley Oaten1

#7888, (24 October 1884-17 April 1973)
FatherSamuel Oaten1 (15 Sep 1856-13 Jan 1939)
MotherHannah Ellen Lay1 (1860-1915)
ChartsOaten Family - descendants
Last Edited5 Mar 2019
Edward Farley Oaten
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Edward Farley Oaten was born on 24 October 1884 at Tunbridge Wells, Kent.1 He was the son of Samuel Oaten and Hannah Ellen Lay.1

He was the author of a number of books, including 'My Memories of India", "European Travellers in India: During the Fifteenth, Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries, the Evidence Afforded by Them with Respect to Indian Social Institutions, & the Nature & Influence of Indian Governments", and "A Sketch of Anglo-Indian Literature: (The Le Bas Prize Essay for 1907)" the last of which was dedicated to his mother.2,3,4,5,6 He was a student at at Sidney Sussex College University of Cambridge.6

In 1909 he taught History and English at Presidency College, Calcutta, West Bengal, a post he held for some 7 years.7

Edward Farley Oaten in February 1916 he became embroiled in a dispute with some students at Presidency College which resulted in the expulsion of Subhas Chandra Bose ( the Indian nationalist and freedom fighter who was then an under-graduate student) from the Presidency College, Calcutta. Bose had heard that Oaten had manhandled some Indian students, and had retaliated by beating Oaten. in February 1916.7,8 Edward was a Captain with the the King Edward's Own Lancers (Probyn's Horse) brigade. He served for two and a half years in the North West Frontier of India.7

Edward Farley Oaten married Kathleen Mary Evans on Friday, 27 March 1931 at Bishopsgate, London. They were 46 and 34 respectively.1

On 1967 Edward Farley Oaten published a book "Songs of Aton", reportedly containing several poems (including some sonnets) on his reminiscences of India.7

Edward died on 17 April 1973 at Tunbridge Wells, Kent, at age 88.1


1884BirthTunbridge Wells, Kent1
Note memo only CR CR2,3,4,5,6
EducationSidney Sussex College University of Cambridge6
1909Note memo only CR CRPresidency College, Calcutta, West Bengal7
1916Note CR CR7,8
1931MarriageBishopsgate, London1
1967Note on date CRCR7
1973DeathTunbridge Wells, Kent1


Kathleen Mary Evans (18 May 1896-1989)


  1. [S372] GEDCOM file created by Arthur Russ, 21 April 2011.
  2. [S889] Edward Farley Oaten My memories of India https://books.google.com.au/books
  3. [S890] Edward Farley Oaten European Travellers in India https://books.google.com.au/books
  4. [S891] Edward Farley Oaten A Sketch of Anglo-Indian Literature https://books.google.com.au/books
  5. [S892] E-mails from Utpal Aich to Tim Hill, 2015- 'About Late Mr. Edward Farley Oaten' - Wed, 30 Sep 2015 20:45:10 +0530.
  6. [S912] WaybackMachine (http://www.archive.org) https://archive.org/details/sketchofangloind00oateuoft
  7. [S892] E-mails from Utpal Aich to Tim Hill, 2015- 'About Late Mr. Edward Farley Oaten' - 29 November 2015 at 22:53.
  8. [S913] The Times of Tunbridge Wells, Tunbury Wells, Kent, England, 14 Oct 2015 https://www.timesoftunbridgewells.co.uk/…