Clinton Edward Dawkins

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Sir Clinton Edward Dawkins, KCB (1859 – 2 December 1905) was a British businessman and civil servant.

He succeeded Alfred Milner as private secretary to Chancellor of the Exchequer George Goschen in 1889. He later served overseas as undersecretary for finance in Egypt from 1895 to 1899. His final role was as financial advisor to Lord Curzon, Governor-General of India in 1899.

During 1899, he accepted an offer from the financier John Pierpont Morgan of full partnership in the London branch of his firm, J. S. Morgan & Co., where he remained until his death in 1905. He was a member of the Coefficients dining club of social reformers set up in 1902 by the Fabian campaigners Sidney and Beatrice Webb.

In recognition of Dawkins' work in chairing a Committee reviewing the Administration of the War Office, he was invested with the Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath, in the coronation honours of 1902.[1] He had been made a Companion (CB) of the same order in November the previous year.[2]

In 1902 Dawkins purchased the country estate of Sir Walter Rockcliff Farquhar at Polesden Lacey. Dawkins was involved in the remodelling of the house at the centre of the estate.

Dawkins died from heart disease on 2 December 1905, he was survived by his wife Louise, daughter of Charles Johnston, and his daughter Dorothy.[3][4] He was cremated and his ashes spread at Brookwood Cemetery on 6 December.[5]

British evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins is a great-great-great-nephew to Clinton Edward.[6]


  1. ^ The Times, Thursday, Jun 26, 1902; pg. 5; Issue 36804; col C
  2. ^ "No. 27376". The London Gazette. 12 November 1901. p. 7291.
  3. ^ The Times, Monday, Dec 04, 1905; pg. 9; Issue 37881; col E
  4. ^ 1901 England census, Class: RG13; Piece: 95; Folio: 20; Page: 31.
  5. ^ The Times, Thursday, Dec 07, 1905; pg. 7; Issue 37884; col D
  6. ^ Nigel Farndale (September 27, 1999). "More ape than angel..." The Telegraph.

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