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Collection Level Description: Correspondence of Sir John Robert Chancellor

Reference: MSS. Brit. Emp. s. 562
Title: Correspondence of Sir John Robert Chancellor
Dates of Creation: 1909-1929
Extent: 37 items (107 ff.)
Name of Creator: John Robert Chancellor

Language of Material: English



Administrative/Biographical History

Sir John Robert Chancellor was born in 1870 and educated at Blair Lodge Academy, Polmont and the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich. He was commissioned into the Royal Engineers in 1890 and served in India with the Dongola (1896) and Tirah (1897-1898) expeditions before returning to England and entering the Staff College. In 1904 he was appointed Assistant Military Secretary to the Committee of Imperial Defence and from 1906-1911 served as Secretary of the Colonial Defence Committee. Sir Chancellor went on to serve as Governor of Mauritius (1911-1916), Governor of Trinidad and Tobago (1916-1921) and Governor of Southern Rhodesia (1923-1928) before serving as High Commissioner for Palestine and Trans-Jordan (1928-1931).

Sir Chancellor was awarded the DSO (1898), CMG (1909), KCMG (1913), GCMG (1922), GCVO (1925) and GBE (1947). He died on the 31 July 1952 at the family estate in Shieldhill, Lanarkshire.

Scope and Content

37 letters written by, or to, Sir John Chancellor, including letters about India, Mauritius, Palestine, Cyprus and South Africa.

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Access Points

Chancellor | John Robert | 1870-1952 | Sir | Knight Colonial Administrator

Great Britain | Colonial Administrative Service

Governors | Africa | Correspondence

Governors | Asia | Correspondence

Governors | Trinidad and Tobago | Correspondence

Africa | Officials and employees

Asia | Officials and employees

Trinidad and Tobago | Officials and employees


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