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Papers of Sir John Robert Chancellor

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Despatches, official and personal correspondence, notes and memoranda relating to Chancellor's work as Governor of Mauritius, Governor of Trinidad and Tobago, Governor of Southern Rhodesia, and High Commissioner for Palestine and Trans-Jordan.

Dates

  • 1911-1931

Extent

96 Files

Language of Materials

English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Brit. Emp. s. 284].
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MSS. Brit. Emp. s. 284

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 1175

Biographical / Historical

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.

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The library holds a card index of all manuscript collections in its reading room and a handlist is also available for this collection.

Listed as no. 407 in Manuscript Collections of Africana in Rhodes House Library, Oxford, compiled by Louis B. Frewer (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1968).
Title
Papers of Sir John Robert Chancellor
Status
Completed
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

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