Herbert Thirkell White

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Herbert Thirkell White
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Lieutenant Governor of Burma
In office
9 May 1905 – 19 May 1910
Preceded by Hugh Shakespear Barnes
Succeeded by Harvey Adamson
Personal details
Born 1855
Died 1931 (1932) (aged 76)
Nationality British
Fannie Sophia Hawes (m. 1877–1931)
Alma mater Dulwich College and Brasenose College
Occupation Administrator

Sir Herbert Thirkell White KCIE CSI (1855–1931) was the Lieutenant Governor of the British Indian province of Burma (1905–1910) and the author of several books on Burma, the best known of which is the classic, A Civil Servant in Burma (E. Arnold, 1913), which is based on the 32 years (1878–1910) he spent as a civil servant in that province. White also authored the fourth volume Burma of the four volume series "Provincial Geographies of India" which was published between 1913-23 from the Cambridge University Press under the editorship of Thomas Henry Holland.

The son of Richard White, he was educated at Dulwich College and Brasenose College, Oxford. White joined I.C.S., served in all lower grades of the public service and was posted as Commissioner, Burma-China Boundary, 1897; appointed Chief Judge of the Chief Court, Burma, 1900; Lieut.-Governor, Burma, 1905–1910. During his time as Lieutenant Governor, he reduced the amount of the annual tributes from the Shan Chiefs and promoted education among them and carried out certain Railway Extensions in the Shan States.[1]

He married Fannie Sophia Hawes, daughter of Captain William Hawes, Indian Navy in 1877.[1]


  • 1855–1892: Herbert Thirkell White
  • 1892–1902: Herbert Thirkell White, CSI
  • 1902–1931: Sir Herbert Thirkell White, KCIE
Preceded by
Sir Hugh Shakespear Barnes
Lieutenant Governor of British Crown Colony of Burma
Succeeded by
Sir Harvey Adamson

Published works[edit]

  • A Civil Servant in Burma. London, E. Arnold (1913)
  • Burma. Cambridge, The University Press (1923)


  1. ^ a b C. Hayavando Rao, ed. (1915). "White, Hon'ble Sir Herbert Thirkell". The Indian Biographical Dictionary. Madras: Pillar & Co. pp. 462–63.

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