John Shaw Rennie

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John Shaw Rennie
Governor General of Mauritius
In office
12 March 1968 – 3 September 1968
Monarch Elizabeth II
Prime Minister Seewoosagur Ramgoolam
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Leonard Williams
Personal details
Born 1917
Died 2002[citation needed]

Sir John Shaw Rennie, GCMG, OBE (12 January 1917, Glasgow - 12 August 2002) was a British civil servant, UNRWA's Commissioner-General from 1971 to 1977.[1]

John Rennie was educated at Hillhead High School, Glasgow University and Balliol College, Oxford. In 1951 Rennie was appointed Britain's deputy colonial secretary for Mauritius.[2] He was the British Resident in Vanuatu from 1955 to 1962.[3] From 1962 to 1968 he was Governor of Mauritius, overseeing Mauritius' transition to independence. From 1968 to 1971 Rennie was UNRWA deputy Commissioner-General under Laurence Michelmore, who persuaded then-U.N. Secretary-General U Thant to appoint Rennie as his successor.[4]

Government offices
Preceded by
Hubert Flaxman
Governor of Vanuatu
Succeeded by
Alexander Mair Wilkie
Preceded by
Colville Deverell
Governor of Mauritius
Succeeded by
Position abolished
Preceded by
Position established
Governor General of Mauritius
Succeeded by
Leonard Williams


  1. ^ Benjamin N. Schiff, Refugees Unto the Third Generation: UN Aid to Palestinians, (Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 1995), p. 293.
  2. ^ RENNIE, Sir John Shaw, Who Was Who, A & C Black, 1920–2008; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2007, accessed 19 Dec 2010
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  4. ^ Around the World, 3 October 2002