List of High Commissioners of the United Kingdom to Malaya
In 1896, the British High Commissioner in Malaya system was introduced. The post of the High Commissioner (also known as General-Resident) was to represent the British Government in the British protected states in Malaya (the Federated Malay States and the five 'Unfederated Malay States'). The High Commissioner's official residence in Malaya was the "King's House" (now part of a hotel, Carcosa Seri Negara), located inside the Perdana Lake Gardens in Kuala Lumpur. During the British rule in Malaya, the King's House served as an important place for royal dignitaries and distinguished guests.
Between 1896 and 1946 the British High Commissioner in Malaya was also the Governor of the Straits Settlements, with official residence in Singapore known as Government House (now Istana, the official residence of the President of Singapore).
When Malaya gained independence from the United Kingdom, the position of British High Commissioner in Malaya as effective head of state was replaced by the Supreme Head, or Yang Di-Pertuan Agong of Malaya, appointed by the rulers of the nine Malay states. The title British High Commissioner became that of the senior British diplomat in independent Malaya (and later in Malaysia), as is normal between Commonwealth countries.
List of British High Commissioners in Malaya (1896-1957)
|Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Charles Bullen Hugh Mitchell||1896||7 December 1899|
|James Alexander Swettenham||8 December 1899||18 February 1901|
|Sir Frank Athelstane Swettenham||26 September 1901||12 October 1901|
|Sir John Anderson||15 April 1904||9 April 1911|
|Sir Arthur Henderson Young||9 September 1911||24 August 1920|
|Sir Laurence Nunns Guillemard||3 February 1920||5 May 1927|
|Sir Hugh Charles Clifford||3 June 1927||20 October 1930|
|Sir Cecil Clementi||5 February 1930||16 February 1934|
|Sir Shenton Whitelegge Thomas||9 November 1934||15 August 1945|
|Sir Gerard Edward James Gent||1 February 1946||4 July 1948|
|Sir Henry Lowell Goldsworthy Gurney||1 October 1948||6 October 1951|
|General Sir Gerald Walter Robert Templer||15 January 1952||31 May 1954|
|Sir Donald Charles MacGillivray||31 May 1954||31 August 1957|