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Matthew Atmore Sherring (1826–1880), usually cited as M.A. Sherring, was a Protestant missionary in British India who was also an Indologist and wrote a number of works related to India. He was educated at Coward College, a dissenting academy in London that trained people for nonconformist ministry.[1]

Sherring joined the London Missionary Society and worked in the city of Varanasi, about which he wrote a significant book (The Sacred City of the Hindus: An Account of Benares in Ancient and Modern Times).[2]


  • The Indian Church during the Great Rebellion: An Authentic Narrative of the Disasters that Befell It, Its Sufferings, and Faithfulness Unto Death of Many of its European and Native Members , London: James Nisbet & Co., 1859.
  • Journal of Missionary Tours to Fyzabad in Oude, and Singrowlee in the Mirzapore District, North West Provinces, India, During the Winter of 1861-1862, Mirzapore (India): Orphan School Press, 1862.
  • Benares and its Antiquities: A Lecture Delivered ... Before the Benares Debating Club on the 25th July, 1863, Benares [Varanasi]: Medical Hall Press, 1863.
  • Description of the Buddhist Ruins at Bakariya Kund, Benares, Calcutta: Baptist Mission Press, 1865. Joint author: C. Horne.
  • The Sacred City of the Hindus: An Account of Benares in Ancient and Modern Times, London: Trübner & Co., 1868. With an introduction by Fitzedward Hall.
  • Hindu Tribes and Castes, Calcutta: Thacker, Spink, & Co., 1872-1881. 3 volumes, as follows: Vol. 1: Hindu tribes and castes, as represented in Benares; Vol. 2: Hindu tribes and castes; together with an account of the Mahomedan tribes of the North-West Frontier and of the aboriginal tribes of the Central Provinces; Vol. 3: Hindu tribes and castes; together with three dissertations: on the natural history of Hindu caste; the unity of the Hindu race; and the prospects of Indian caste ; and including a general index of the three volumes.[3]
  • Hand-book for Visitors to Benares... With Four Plans of the City and Neighbourhood, Calcutta: W. Newman & Co., 3, Dalhousie Square, 1875.[4]
  • The Hindoo Pilgrims, London: Trübner & Co, 1878.
  • The History of Protestant Missions in India: From their Commencement in 1706 to 1881, London: Religious Tract Society, 1884. "New ed., carefully revised and brought down to date, by the Rev. Edward Storrow. With four maps."
  • The Tribes and Castes of the Madras Presidency: Together with an Account of the Tribes and Castes of Mysore, Niligiri and Travancore ..., New Delhi: Cosmo Publications, 1975.[5]


  1. ^ Dixon, Simon N. (June 2011). "Coward College (1833-1850)". Dissenting Academies Online: Database and Encyclopedia. Dr Williams's Centre for Dissenting Studies, Queen Mary Centre for Religion and Literature in English. Retrieved 2019-02-03.
  2. ^ Malik, Jamal (2000). Perspectives of mutual encounters in South Asian history, 1760-1860. BRILL. ISBN 978-90-04-11802-7.
  3. ^ Notes: Hindu tribes and castes, Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  4. ^ Hand-book for visitors to Benares (microform): By the Rev. M.A. Sherring, ... With four plans of the city and neighbourhood., Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  5. ^ The tribes and castes of the Madras Presidency : together with an account of the tribes and castes of Mysore, Niligiri and Travancore ... / by M.A. Sherring, Retrieved 3 April 2018.