CONSOO-HOUSE to COOLICOY
CONSOO-HOUSE, n.p. At Canton this was a range of buildings adjoining the foreign Factories, called also the Council Hall of the foreign Factories. It was the property of the body of Hong merchants, and was the place of meeting of these merchants among themselves, or with the chiefs of the Foreign houses, when there was need for such conference (see Fankwae, p. 23). The name is probably a corruption of Council. Bp. Moule, however, says: The name is likely to have come from kung-su, the public hall, where a kung-sz, a public company, or guild, meets.
CONSUMAH, KHANSAMA, s. P. Khansaman; a house-steward. In Anglo-Indian households in the Bengal Presidency, this is the title of the chief table servant and provider, now always a Mahommedan. [See BUTLER.] The literal meaning of the word is Master of the household gear; it is not connected with khwan, a tray, as Wilson suggests. The analogous word Mir-saman occurs in Elliot, vii. 153. The Anglo-Indian form Consumer seems to have been not uncommon in the 18th century, probably with a spice of intention. From tables quoted in Long, 182, and in Seton-Karr, i. 95, 107, we see that the wages of a Consumah, Christian, Moor, or Gentoo, were at Calcutta, in 1759, 5 rupees a month, and in 1785, 8 to 10 rupees.
[1609.Emersee Nooherdee being called by the Cauncamma.Danvers, Letters, i. 24.]
COOCH AZO, or AZO simply, n.p. Koch Hajo, a Hindu kingdom on the banks of the Brahmaputra R., to the E. of Koch Bihar, annexed by Jahangirs troops in 1637. See Blochmann in J.A.S.B. xli. pt. i. 53, and xlii. pt. i. 235. In Valentijns map of Bengal (made c. 1660) we have Cos Assam with Azo as capital, and TRyk van Asoe, a good way south and east of Silhet.
1753.Ceste rivière (Brahmapoutra), en remontant, conduit à Rangamati et à Azoo, qui font la frontière de létat du Mogol. Azoo est une forteresse que lEmir Jemla, sous le règne dAorengzèbe, reprit sur le roi dAsham, comme une dependance de Bengale.DAnville, p. 62.
COOCH BEHAR, n.p. Koch Bihar, a native tributary State on the N.E. of Bengal, adjoining Bhotan and
the Province of Assam. The first part of the name is taken from that of a tribe, the Koch, apparently a
forest race who founded this State about the 15th century, and in the following century obtained dominion
of considerable extent. They still form the majority of the population, but, as usual in such circumstances,
give themselves a Hindu pedigree, under the name of Rajbansi. [See Risley, Tribes and Castes of
Bengal, i. 491 seqq.] The site of the ancient monarchy
of Kamrup is believed to have been in Koch Bihar, within the limits of which there are the remains of more than one ancient city. The second part
of the name is no doubt due to the memory of some important Vihara, or Buddhist Monastery, but we
have not found information on the subject. [Possibly the ruins at Kamatapur, for which see Buchanan-
Hamilton, Eastern India, iii. 426 seqq.] 1585.I went from Bengala into the countrey of Couche,
which lieth 25 dayes iourny Northwards from Tanda.R. Fitch, in Hakl. ii. 397.
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