Henry Lowcock

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Henry W. Lowcock
Born1837 (1837)
Died1901 (aged 63–64)

Henry W. Lowcock (c. 1837 – 1901) was an English businessman in Hong Kong and member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong.

Early Years[edit]

Lowcock was born in Middlesex, England in about 1837.


He joined Gibb, Livingston & Co., a prominent trading firm in Hong Kong and China, and became a partner in July 1868 following the retirement of Edward Ford Duncanson and William Henry Gibb.[1]

Lowcock was appointed to the Police Inquiry Commission in 1871[2] and was subsequently appointed to the Legislative Council of Hong Kong on 26 February 1872 as an interim replacement for Richard Rowett, who was on leave.[3] He was re-appointed to the Legislative Council on 23 January 1875 upon Rowett's resignation. He was a Trustee of St. John's Cathedral. He retired from Gibb, Livingston & Co. on 31 March 1882.


Lowcock married Annie Loftus Russell on 7 June 1873 at St John's Cathedral, Hong Kong. They had four children: Henry Christopher (born and died 1874), George, Charles and Kwok Yau Tak.

Lowcock was one of the earliest supporters of the Diocesan Home and Orphanage (now the Diocesan Boys' School, Hong Kong). Some of his sons and grandsons later attended the school.

He and Annie settled in the UK after his retirement from Gibb and Livingston Co. He died on 31 July 1901 in Wimbledon, Surrey.

George Lowcock's daughter Edith married Sir Robert Kotewall, a member of the Executive and Legislative Councils of Hong Kong.

George's other son Henry married Mabel Kotewall, daughter of Robert Kotewall's brother Samuel. Henry's son, Sidney James Lowcock, was the seventh headmaster of Diocesan Boys' School.[4]


  1. ^ "The Hongkong Government Gazette" (PDF). 10 October 1868.
  2. ^ "The Hongkong Government Gazette" (PDF). 30 December 1871.
  3. ^ "The Hongkong Government Gazette" (PDF). 2 March 1872.
  4. ^ "About DBSPD". Diocesan Boys' School.
Legislative Council of Hong Kong
Preceded by
Richard Rowett
Unofficial Member
Succeeded by
Richard Rowett
Preceded by
Richard Rowett
Unofficial Member
Succeeded by
Hugh Bold Gibb