Charles Prestwood Lucas

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Sir Charles Prestwood Lucas KCB, KCMG, (1853-1931), was a civil servant and historian of Welsh extraction.

Lucas was born at Crickhowell, Brecon, Wales. He was the grandson of Dr. Henry John Lucas (1773-1840) and Jenetta Illtyda (1776-1821) and son of Henry Lucas. His sister, Mary Anne Lucas, married the first Baron Glanusk. Lucas was educated at Winchester College and Balliol College, Oxford.

Lucas was called to the bar, Lincoln's Inn, on 30 April 1885. He became a civil servant in the Colonial Office which led to his becoming head of the Dominion Department and, in 1907, to his knighthood.

In the 1880s he was invited to teach at The Working Men’s College. From 1897-1903 he became Vice Principal of the College, and from 1912-1922 the Principal.[1]

He wrote ‘A Historical Geography Of The British Colonies’ (1908),[2] A History of Canada: 1763-1812 (1909) ‘The Canadian War of 1812’,[3] and ‘The Partition’ (Clarendon Press 1922).


The Most Honourable Order of the Bath

  • 1 January 1901: Companion of the Order of the Bath, CB[4]
  • 1907: Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath, KCB


  1. ^ J. F. C. Harrison ,A History of the Working Men's College (1854-1954), Routledge Kegan Paul, 1954
  2. ^ Lucas, Charles Prestwood (2009). A Historical Geography of the British Colonies: The West Indies. General Books LLC. p. 143. ISBN 978-1-4590-0868-7. 
  3. ^ Lucas, Charles Prestwood (1912). Lord Durham's report on the affairs of British North America, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  4. ^ "no. 27264". The London Gazette. 8 January 1901. p. 157. Retrieved 11-10-2012.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)

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