John Ontario Miller

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Sir John Ontario Miller, KCSI (7 August 1857 – 19 January 1943) was a British civil servant in India. He was born in Toronto, Canada, the eldest son of Robert Schaw Miller and Eliza Miller. He died at Lavant, Sussex.

Early life[edit]

John Ontario Miller’s father died in Canada in 1862, forcing the family to move to Scotland. The following year his mother died in mid-1863 and he was raised by members of her family..[citation needed] He was educated at King's College, University of Aberdeen after he won a bursary of £35 in 1874.[1]

Career in India[edit]

Miller joined the Indian Civil Service in 1879.[2]

He held various secretary positions from 1895 to 1907. Miller was Chief Secretary to the North West Provinces and Oudh Administration 1899 to 1902,[3] and was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Star of India (CSI) for his services in the New Year's Honours List 1 January 1901.[4]

Miller served as a Secretary in the Government of India Revenue Department 1902 to 1903 and then as Chief Commissioner of Central Provinces and Berar from 1905 to 1907.[3] He then became a member of the Viceroy Executive Council of India and Commissioner of Legyral Province from 1907 to 1910.[5] For his distinguished work he was knighted as a Knight Commander of the Order of the Star of India (KCSI).

Later life in England, and family[edit]

On his final return to Britain, Miller served as a London County Council (Non-Member) representative on the London Port Authority from 1916 to 1925,[6] He also served in the Ministry of Food (probably at the time of the First World War).[7]

He was a founder of the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1895.[8] Miller was interested in the concept of “the currency question,” and published two small books on the subject in 1920[9] and 1931.[10]

He married Mary Evelyn Lyall, the youngest daughter of Alfred Comyn Lyall, in 1888.[citation needed] Together they had three sons (one of whom died young in India) and two daughters.[citation needed] He brought his family back to the United Kingdom for short breaks in 1894, 1899 and 1901.[citation needed]

He was a grandson of William Mitchell (Scottish entrepreneur) (1781 - 1854).[citation needed] One of his grandchildren is Richard L. Hills.[citation needed]


  1. ^ The Scotsman newspaper 1874[full citation needed]
  2. ^ National Biographia[full citation needed]
  3. ^ a b Who's Who 1917[full citation needed]
  4. ^ "no. 27261". The London Gazette. 1 January 1901. p. 1. 
  5. ^ London Gazette 1901[full citation needed]
  6. ^ Port of London 1909 to 1934, Alan Nell,Port of London Authority, 1934.[full citation needed]
  7. ^ The Scotsman newspaper 1943[full citation needed]
  8. ^ * 17 - LSE Memorandum of Association 1895[full citation needed]
  9. ^ High Prices and the Quantity Theory
  10. ^ Politicians, Financiers and Currency