Lucas White King

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Sir Lucas White King CSI FSA (8 September 1856 – 23 August 1925) was an Anglo-Irish colonial administrator and academic, Professor of Oriental Languages at Trinity College, Dublin from 1905 to 1922.

Early life[edit]

He was born in Madras, British India on 8 September 1856, the eldest son of the Deputy Surgeon-General Henry King, also the Principal of the Medical School in Madras.[1]

He was educated at Ennis College and Trinity College, Dublin, where he received BA and LLB degrees in 1878.[2][3]


In 1878, he joined the Indian Civil Service, rising to Commissioner of the Rawalpindi Division, until his retirement in 1905.[1][3]

In 1905, he was appointed Professor of Oriental Languages at Dublin University, a post he held until 1922 when he resigned and went to live in London.[2][1]

He was knighted in 1919.[1]

Personal life[edit]

He married Geraldine Adelaide Hamilton Harmsworth (1866-1945), eldest daughter of the barrister Alfred Harmsworth, and sister of the mass-circulation newspaper proprietors Alfred Harmsworth, 1st Viscount Northcliffe and Harold Sidney Harmsworth, 1st Viscount Rothermere.

They had children:


  1. ^ a b c d "Sir Lucas White King, LL.D., C.S.I., F.S.A. | Cambridge Core". 2011-03-01. doi:10.1017/S0035869X00169655. Retrieved 2016-10-10.
  2. ^ a b King, Lucas White. The Indian Biographical Dictionary (1915). Retrieved 2016-10-10 – via Wikisource.
  3. ^ a b Dictionary of Indian Biography. Ardent Media. p. 237. GGKEY:BDL52T227UN.