Good Abilities (1858–1879)

Shiona Airlie

in Thistle and Bamboo

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9789888028924
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207615 | DOI:
Good Abilities (1858–1879)

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James Stewart Lockhart was an example of a colonial civil servant which few could equal. Throughout his life, he strove to be best, not necessarily a merit in itself—but, more importantly, he did so with a firm set of ideals which, while not to be equated with missionary zeal, had a profound effect on the territories in which he worked. His early life and career followed the course taken by many of his contemporaries: a comprehensive and intensive education in Scotland followed by a move to the other side of the world to work with his countrymen in the service of Britain. In his life the reflection of countless other British administrators can be seen, but in his attitude to the people over whom he held power, he was very different. His family background and educational attainment is presented in this chapter. In addition, his early career is shown.

Keywords: James Stewart Lockhart; colonial civil servant; Britain; Scotland; power

Chapter.  5196 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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