Leicester Paul Beaufort

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Sir Leicester Paul Beaufort (13 December 1853 – 12 August 1926), was a British barrister and colonial governor of North Borneo.[1] [2]

Beaufort was the second son of the Reverend Daniel Augustus Beaufort of Warburton, Cheshire and his wife Emily Newel, daughter of Sir John Davis, former Governor of Hong Kong.[3] His grandfather on the paternal side was Rear Admiral Sir Francis Beaufort.[citation needed]

Beaufort was educated at Westminster School and the University of Oxford, graduating as a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Civil Law.[2] He was called to the bar at the Inner Temple in 1879.[3] [2] In 1883 he married Edith Mary Griffith, daughter of an Anglican clergyman.[2] [3] In 1888 he was elected to the London School Board as one of the representatives of Greenwich.[4]

In 1889 he began his career in colonial administration when he was appointed a judicial commissioner and government secretary in British North Borneo. From 1895-1899 he was Governor of North Borneo and Commander in Chief of the Colony of Labuan.[5] [3] [1] From 1901-1911 he was Chief Justice of North-Eastern Rhodesia and from 1911-1918 a judge of the High Court of Northern Rhodesia.[1] [3]

He retired in 1918 and living at Wynberg, Cape Colony.[1] [3] He was knighted in 1919.[6] [3] [1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Death Of Sir Leicester Beaufort". The Times. 14 August 1926. p. 10. 
  2. ^ a b c d Kelly's Handbook to the Titled, Landed and Official Classes. 1899. p. 126. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "BEAUFORT, Sir Leicester Paul". Who Was Who. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 18 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "The London School Board. Result of the Polls". The Morning Post. 28 November 1888. p. 53. 
  5. ^ "No. 26613". The London Gazette. 5 April 1895. p. 2065. 
  6. ^ "No. 31271". The London Gazette. 4 April 1919. p. 4414. 
Government offices
Preceded by
Charles Vandeleur Creagh
Governor of North Borneo
Succeeded by
Hugh Charles Clifford