Tibetan Aristocrat from Gyantse

The Doring [Tibetan: rdo-rin] family was one of the most important in central Tibet. The family's name originated from their mansion in Lhasa that was situated near to the famous doring or pillar that has the Tibet-China treaty inscribed upon it. The family had a large country estate in Gyantse, next to which was a carpet factory that Bell describes in his diary.

Bell stayed with Kusho (or Sir) Doring (the head of the Doring family) and his wife on several occassions during annual inspection tours of the Gyantse area, including in September 1915 and 1917 and again in September 1920, when awaiting confirmation to travel to Lhasa. Bell also met with the family in October 1934, when he was on his way back to Kalimpong, after an unsuccessful attempt to travel to Lhasa and before travelling on to Mongolia.

Being from such a prominent family, Doring should have held a high government position, but he was implicated in the Tengyeling affair (see object entries 50.31.66 or 50.31.97 for details), which saw him barred from holding public office and resulted in the confiscation of a family estate near Lhasa.
Bell writes of Doring, 'I used to meet him from time to time, and he always wore heavy spectacles. I was assured by other Tibetans that his eyesight was not really very bad, but it suited him to wear these in the hope of making others believe that he was physically unable to work for the Government. I saw him last an old man [likely to be in 1934], not long ago on the road to Lhasa, and only two stages away. I asked him whether he would now always stay in Lhasa. "Yes," he replied "it was the place of my birth, and I am now seventy three years old".
  • Gender
  • Relationship
  • Nationality
  • Born
  • Place of birth
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]: Ü -Tsang: Lhasa
  • Died
  • Place of death
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]: Ü -Tsang: Lhasa
  • Cause of death
    Unknown or unrecorded
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