List of British Residents of Perak

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This is a list of the British Residents of Malay State of Perak, British Malaya.[1] The position of Resident was an administrative post. By the terms of the Pangkor Treaty, the Resident was an adviser to His Highness Sultan of Perak whose decisions were binding in all matters in administration except for Malay customs and religion. The British Resident post is also equivalent with today's Menteri Besar post, where he was the chairman of the Perak State Council and the Sultan was the Lord President of the Council. The official residence for the Resident was at the Residency Hill, Taiping. Other residences were also available in Kuala Kangsar and Ipoh. After World War II, the position of British Resident was replaced by a British Adviser. Eventually, when Malaya achieved Independence, the British Adviser post was abolished.

British Resident Portrait Honour Entered office Left office
1. James Wheeler Woodford Birch J.W.W. Birch.gif none 4 November 1874 2 November 1875
2. Sir Frank Athelstane Swettenham Sir frank swettenham.gif GCMG, CH 5 November 1875 March 1876
3. James Guthrie Davidson Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom.svg none 11 April 1876 31 March 1877
4. Sir Hugh Low Hugh Low.png GCMG, KCMG, CMG 1 April 1877 31 May 1889
5. Sir Frank Athelstane Swettenham Sir frank swettenham.gif GCMG, CH 1 June 1889 30 June 1896
6. Sir William Hood Treacher Sir william hood treacher.jpg KCMG 1 July 1896 12 December 1901
7. Sir John Pickersgill Rodger Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom.svg KCMG, CMG 13 December 1901 9 February 1904
8. Sir Ernest Woodford Birch ErnestWoodfordBirch.jpg KCMG, CMG 10 February 1904 5 March 1911
9. Sir Henry Conway Belfield Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom.svg KCMG, CMG, JP 6 March 1911 15 December 1911
10. Oliver Marks Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom.svg 15 December 1911 9 August 1912
11. Colonel William James Parke Hume Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom.svg CMG 9 August 1912 12 August 1912
12. Sir Reginald George Watson Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom.svg CMG 12 August 1912 17 September 1919
13. Sir William George Maxwell (acting to 19 December 1919) KBE, CMG 17 September 1919 12 September 1920
14. Colonel William James Parke Hume (acting for Maxwell to 12 September 1921) Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom.svg CMG 29 June 1920 13 July 1921
15. Sir Cecil William Chase Parr Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom.svg CMG, OBE 14 July 1921 20 December 1925
16. Oswald Francis Gerard Stonor Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom.svg 20 December 1925 6 June 1927
17. Henry Wagstaffe Thomson Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom.svg 6 June 1927 1929
18. Charles Walter Hamilton Cochrane Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom.svg CMG 1929 1930
19. Bertram Walter Elles Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom.svg 1931 1932
20. Sir Geoffrey Edmund Cator Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom.svg CMG 1933 1939
21. Marcus Rex CMG 1939 1941
British Adviser Portrait Honour Entered office Left office
22. Arthur Vincent Aston Arthur Vincent Aston.jpg CMG, MC 1946 1948
23. James Innes Miller Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom.svg 1948 1951
24. Edwin Cyril Geddes Barrett (acting to Blelloch) Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom.svg CMG 1953 1954
25. Sir Dato’ Watherstone I. Blelloch Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom.svg CMG 1951 1956

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