Ernest Droese

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Born(1817-12-07)December 7, 1817
West Prussia
DiedApril 19, 1891(1891-04-19) (aged 73)
  • Protestant missionary
  • Translator

Ernest Droese (German: Ernst Dröse; 7. December 1817 Thorn, West Prussia (presently Poland: Toruń); – 19. April 1891 Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, Himalayas) was a german Protestant missionary and a translator.

Life and Work

The trained silversmith attended the seminary of the „Berlin Mission Society“, which sent him to India in 1842. There he first tried to spread the Christian faith in Ghazipur (lower Ganges, Uttar Pradesh) and Benares (presently Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh). In 1849 Droese joined the Church Missionary Society (CMS) and worked in Bhagalpur (Bihar). Supported by the British colonial government, he established a church, schools and orphanages.

His focus was finally on the evangelization of the Pahari people living in the Rajmahal Mountains (Jharkhand). He translated parts of the Bible[1] and the „Book of Common Prayer“ as well as grammar and dictionaries into Malto, their Dravidian languages|Dravidian language. He also worked among the Santal. He retired in 1888 and retired to Mussoorie (Masuri).


• Introduction to the Malto Language, Agra 1884 (u.ö.).

Further Reading

• A.W. Baumann: The Late Rev. Ernest Droese, in: Church Missionary Intelligencer 42 (1891), p. 758-760.

• Eugene Stock: The History of the Church Missionary Society, Vol. 3, London 1899, p. 187-190.

• Werner Raupp: Art.: Droese, Ernest (1817-1891), in: Biographical Dictionary of Christian Missions. Edited by Gerald H. Anderson, New York [u. a.] 1998 (ISBN 0-02-864604-5), p. 37–38, p. 185 f.

• Werner Raupp: Art.: Droese, Ernest (Ernst Dröese), in: Biographisch-Bibliographisches Kirchenlexikon (BBKL). Bd. 14, Bautz, Herzberg 1998 (ISBN (ISBN 3-88309-048-4), col. 944-46.


  1. For more Information: Werner Raupp, 1994 (see above Further Reading), col. 944.

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