Llewelyn Dalton

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Sir Llewelyn Chisholm Dalton (21 April 1871 – 5 January 1945)[1] was a British colonial judge and author.

Background and education[edit]

He was the only son of William Edward Dalton and his wife Mathilda.[2] His paternal grandfather was John Neale Dalton, chaplain to Queen Victoria.[3] Dalton was educated at Marlborough College and went then to Trinity College, Cambridge, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in the historical tripos in 1900 and a Master of Arts five years thereafter.[2][4]


Dalton was called to the bar by Gray's Inn in 1901 and became then employed as legal assistant at the Land Settlement Board of the Orange River Colony.[3] A year later, he was appointed a Justice of the Peace and worked as assistant resident magistrate.[3] In 1910, when the Colony was incorporated into the Union of South Africa, Dalton moved to British Guiana joining its Supreme Court as a registrar.[3] Until 1919, he acted at several times in various offices and in June of that year became a Puisne Judge.[5]

He was transferred to the Gold Coast Colony in 1923 and to Ceylon in 1925.[5] Dalton received an appointment as Chief Justice of Tanganyika in 1936[6] and after two years was created a Knight Bachelor.[7] He retired in 1939 and returned to England.[1]


In 1906, Dalton married Beatrice Templeton, daughter of William B. Cotton; they had a son and three daughters.[5] She died in 1823 and after eight years as a widower, he remarried Winifred, only daughter of Edward Adams.[5] Dalton died in Sussex in 1945.[1]


  • Law Reports, British Guiana, ed.
  • Statutory Rules and Orders, British Guiana
  • The Civil Law of British Guiana, (1921)
  • Digest of British Guiana Case Law, (1922)
  • Burge's Colonial and Foreign Laws, Vol. IV, ed.


  1. ^ a b c Weerasooria (1971), p. 129
  2. ^ a b Debrett (1922), p. 438
  3. ^ a b c d Mercer (1924), p. 602
  4. ^ "Dalton, Llewelyn Chisholm (DLTN897LC)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  5. ^ a b c d Who's Who (1963), p. 810
  6. ^ "no. 34304". The London Gazette. 14 July 1936. p. 4509. Retrieved 27 December 2009. 
  7. ^ "no. 34531". The London Gazette. 12 July 1938. p. 4532. Retrieved 27 December 2009. 


  • Debrett, John (1922). Arthur G. M. Hesilrige, ed. Debrett's House of Commons and Judicial Bench. London: Dean & Son Ltd. 
  • Who's Who 1963. London: Adam & Charles Black Ltd. 1963. 
  • Weerasooria, N. E. (1971). Ceylon and Her People. vol. IV. Colombo: Lake House Investments. ISBN 955-599-382-2. 
  • Sir William Mercer, ed. (1924). The Colonial Office List for 1924. London: Waterlow and Sons. 
Legal offices
Preceded by
Sidney Solomon Abrahams
Chief Justice of Tanganyika
Succeeded by
Ambrose Henry Webb