Arthur William Buller

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Arthur William Buller
Queen's Advocate of Ceylon
In office
17 October 1840 – 1848
Preceded by John Stark
Succeeded by Henry Collingwood Selby
Personal details
Born (1808-09-05)September 5, 1808
Died May 30, 1869(1869-05-30) (aged 60)

Sir Arthur William Buller (5 September 1808 – 30 April 1869) was a British Liberal Party Member of Parliament, who in his early career served as head of a commission of inquiry into education reform in Lower Canada.

Funerary monument, Kensal Green Cemetery, London

From August 22 to November 2, 1838, he served as a member of the Special Council that administered Lower Canada following the Lower Canada Rebellion. Buller also prepared a report that made recommendations on further directions for education in the province. Although many of his suggestions were implemented, two key elements of the report, encouraging the use of English over the French language and an emphasis on generic Christian rather than Catholic religious education, were met with strong opposition.

After he left North America, Buller was crown attorney in Ceylon from 1840 to 1848.[1] He was afterwards a judge of the Supreme Court of Calcutta in India from 1848 to 1858.

He was Member of Parliament for Devonport from 1859 to 1865, and for Liskeard from 1865 until his death in 1869.


  1. ^ The Colonial Magazine and Commercial-maritime Journal, Volume 3. p. 383. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Michael Seymour
James Wilson
Member of Parliament for Devonport
With: Sir Michael Seymour to 1859
William Ferrand from 1859
Succeeded by
William Ferrand
Thomas Brassey
Preceded by
Ralph Bernal Osborne
Member of Parliament for Liskeard
Succeeded by
Edward Horsman
Legal offices
Preceded by
John Stark
Queen's Advocate of Ceylon
Succeeded by
Henry Collingwood Selby