John Shaw Rennie

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Sir John Shaw Rennie
1st Governor-General of Mauritius
In office
12 March 1968 – 3 September 1968
Monarch Elizabeth II
Prime Minister Seewoosagur Ramgoolam
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Michel Rivalland (acting)
Personal details
Born (1917-01-12)12 January 1917
Died 12 August 2002(2002-08-12) (aged 85)[citation needed]

Sir John Shaw Rennie GCMG OBE (12 January 1917 – 12 August 2002) was a British civil servant, UNRWA's Commissioner-General from 1971 to 1977.[1]

John Rennie was born in Glasgow and educated at Hillhead High School, Glasgow University and Balliol College, Oxford. In 1951 Rennie was appointed Britain's deputy colonial secretary for Mauritius.[2] He was the British Resident in Vanuatu from 1955 to 1962.[3] From 1962 to 1968 he was Governor of Mauritius, overseeing Mauritius' transition to independence. From 1968 to 1971 Rennie was UNRWA deputy Commissioner-General under Laurence Michelmore, who persuaded then-U.N. Secretary-General U Thant to appoint Rennie as his successor.[4]

Government offices
Preceded by
Hubert Flaxman
Governor of Vanuatu
Succeeded by
Alexander Mair Wilkie
Preceded by
Colville Deverell
Governor of Mauritius
Succeeded by
Position abolished
Preceded by
Position established
Governor-General of Mauritius
Succeeded by
Michel Rivalland


  1. ^ Benjamin N. Schiff, Refugees Unto the Third Generation: UN Aid to Palestinians, (Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 1995), p. 293.
  2. ^ RENNIE, Sir John Shaw, Who Was Who, A & C Black, 1920–2008; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2007, accessed 19 Dec 2010
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  4. ^ Around the World, 3 October 2002