Alexander Mackenzie (civil servant)

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Sir Alexander Mackenzie
Alexander Mackenzie Bengal.jpg
Born (1842-06-28)28 June 1842
Dumfries, Scotland
Died 10 November 1902(1902-11-10) (aged 60)
Occupation civil servant

Sir Alexander Mackenzie, KCSI (28 June 1842 in Dumfries – 10 November 1902 in London) served as Chief Commissioner of the British Crown Colony of Burma from December 1890 to April 1895.[1]


Alexander Mackenzie was born on Dumfries, Scotland and moved to Birmingham with his father Reverend John R. Mackenzie and Alexanderina Mackenzie.[1] He attended King Edward's School and Trinity College, Cambridge. Upon obtaining his BA and completion of his Indian Civil Service exans, Mackenzie went to Calcutta in 1862 and later became the Lieutenant-governor of Bengal.

Alexander Mackenzie held many positions of civil service appointments in Asia:

After his service in Burma, he was appointed Lieutenant Governor of Bengal (1895–1898). His absence and negligence during his time in office made him unpopular amongst locals, but did not results in his removal from office.

In 1891 he became a Knight in Commander of the Star of India.

Retired in 1898 due to poor health, he return to Britain and became Chairman of the India Development Company. He died on London on 10 November 1902. He was predeceased by wife Georgina Louisa Huntly Bremner (born 1838 India,[2] married 1863 and died 1892 Birmingham) and survived by second wife Mabel E. Elliot (m. 1893). His second wife married another civil servant, The Hon. Noel Farrer[3]

Preceded by
Dennis Fitzpatrick
Chief Commissioner of the Central Provinces
Succeeded by
Sir Antony Patrick MacDonnell
Preceded by
Sir Charles Haukes Todd
Chief Commissioner of British Crown Colony of Burma
Succeeded by
Frederick William Richard Fryer
Preceded by
Sir Antony Patrick MacDonnell
Lieutenant-governor of Bengal
Succeeded by
Sir Charles Cecil Stevens


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  2. ^ FIBIS East India Register Birth Announcements, April 2009.
  3. ^ ‘FARRER, Hon. Noel (Maitland)’, Who Was Who, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 1920–2007; online edn, Oxford University Press, December 2007 accessed 15 December 2013

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