Sidney Low

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Sidney James Mark Low
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Born (1857-01-22)22 January 1857
Died 14 January 1932(1932-01-14) (aged 74)
Cause of death
Asthma, Heart failure
Alma mater Balliol College, Oxford
Occupation Journalist, Author
Employer The Standard
Religion Jewish
Parent(s) Maximilian Low

Sir Sidney James Mark Low (22 January 1857 – 14 January 1932), was a British journalist, historian, and essayist.[1][2][3][4][5]

Following education at King's College School, London he went to the University of Oxford. Initially an undergraduate at Pembroke College, he moved to Balliol when he was awarded a Brakenby scholarship.[6] He received a first class degree in modern history in 1879.[6] He was called to the bar at the Inner Temple in 1892.[6]

He was the editor of the St. James's Gazette from 1888 to 1897, and was a leader writer and literary editor for the Standard.[6][7] He was the paper's special correspondent on a number of occasions, covering such events as the visit of the Price of Wales to India, the coronation of Haakon VII of Norway and the Hague Conference of 1907.[6] From 1901 to 1905 he was an alderman on the London County Council for the Conservative-backed Moderate Party.[6]

During the First World War he was a journalist in France and Italy, and edited the wireless service of the Ministry of Information.[6] He was knighted in 1918.[6]

Low was twice married. In 1887 he married Elsie Davison, who died in 1921. In 1924 his second marriage was to Ebba Cecilia Byström, of Stockholm.[6]

He spent his later years writing and lecturing in imperial and colonial history at King's College, London.[6] He died suddenly at his Kensington home in January 1932, aged 74.[6]


  • The Dictionary of English History (1884) and subsequent editions (in collaboration with F. S. Puling)[5]
  • The Governance of England (1904), revised edition (1914)[8]
  • The Political History of the Reign of Queen Victoria
  • The British Constitution
  • Egypt in Transition (1914)[9]
  • A vision of India (1906)
  • The History of England during the Reign of Victoria (1907) (in collaboration with L. C. Sanders)
  • A Vision of India as Seen during the Tour of the Prince and Princess of Wales (1907)
  • Italy in the War (1916)
  • Igor I Sikorsky
  • The British Constitution: Its Growth and Character (1928)
  • The Indian States and Ruling Princes (1929)
  • "Suggests Germany wants war with us". The New York Times. 15 February 1915. 
  • "Mr. Alden's views". The New York Times. 30 July 1904. 

In addition to this, Low wrote articles for the Dictionary of National Biography.


  1. ^ Andrew S. Thompson (September 2004). "Low, Sir Sidney James Mark (1857–1932)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press). doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/34608. 
  2. ^ The Encyclopedia of Jewish Life
  3. ^ "Low". Encyclopedia Judaica. Jewish virtual Library. 2008. Retrieved 16 November 2009. 
  4. ^ Chapman-Huston, Desmond, The Lost Historian: A Memoir of Sir Sidney Low, London, 1936
  5. ^ a b "Sidney James Mark Low, 1857–1932". The Correspondence of James McNeill Whistler. University of Glasgow. Retrieved 16 November 2009. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Obituary: Sir Sidney Low, Journalist and Author". The Times. 14 January 1932. p. 14. 
  7. ^ Chapman-Huston, Desmond (1936). The Lost Historian: A Memoir of Sir Sidney Low. London: Murray. 
  8. ^ "The governance of England" (PDF). Internet Archive. 1914. Retrieved 16 November 2009. 
  9. ^ Sir Sidney Low (1914). Egypt in Transition. New York: The MacMillan Company. 

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