Hugh Cleghorn (colonial administrator)

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Sir Hugh Cleghorn (1752-1837) was the first colonial secretary to Ceylon. He was key in the takeover of Ceylon from Dutch control to the British Empire.[1] In 1795 Cleghorn used his friendship with Comte Charles-Daniel de Meuron who was in charge of a Swiss Regiment, Regiment de Meuron, that controlled Ceylon for the Dutch to transfer control to the English.[2] His grandson Hugh Francis Clarke Cleghorn was instrumental in the foundation of the forest department and forest conservation in India.


  1. ^ Clark, Aylwin (1992). An enlightened Scot: Hugh Cleghorn, 1752-1837. Black Ace Books. ISBN 1-872988-01-6. 
  2. ^ Newton, Arthur Percival. The Cambridge history of the British Empire, Volume 2. Campridge University Press. pp. 26–27. 

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