Robert Kotewall

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Robert Kotewall
Head-and-shoulders portrait of a Eurasian gentleman in a suit
Robert Kotewall
Senior Unofficial Member of the Executive Council
In office
GovernorCecil Harcourt
Preceded byJohn Johnstone Paterson
Succeeded byArthur Morse
Personal details
Robert Hormus Kotewall

1880 (1880)
Died23 May 1949
British Hong Kong
Spouse(s)Edith Kotewall (nee Lowcock)
Robert Kotewall
Traditional Chinese羅旭龢

Sir Robert Hormus Kotewall CMG (羅旭龢; 1880–1949) was a British Hong Kong businessman, civil servant and legislator.

Kotewall was the son of Hormusjee Rustomjee Kotewall, a Parsi from India. His ancestry included Chinese, Parsi (as his middle name of Hormus and surname of Kotewall suggests) and European forebears.

Early life[edit]

Kotewall was born in 1880. He was the son of Hormusjee Rustomjee Kotewall and Cheung A-cheung.[1] [2]


In 1913, Kotewall was named Clerk to the Magistracy and JP. By 1919, he was in trade as the manager of the Hong Kong Mercantile Company. In 1923, he was invited to join the Legislative Council as an unofficial member, a position he held until 1935. In 1936, he joined the Executive Council.

Personal life[edit]

Kotewall's wife was Edith (nee Lowcock) Kotewall (b. 1889). She was the daughter of George Lowcock and granddaughter of Henry Lowcock, an English businessman in Hong Kong.[3] They had 9 children, including Phoebe (b.1911), Doris (b.1913), Bobbie (b.1916), Cicely (b.1919), L. Cyril (b.1922), Maisie Nora, and Esther.[2]


Kotewall Road, in Mid-Levels, Hong Kong Island, and Sir Robert Kotewall Hall in the campus of St. Paul's Co-educational College, are named after him. His daughter, Dr. Bobbie Kotewall, a teacher, became the principal of St. Paul's Co-educational College.


Robert Kotewall (2nd right) as part of the administration of Geoffry Northcote (centre)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "R. H. Kotewall (Lo Kuk-wu)". Retrieved June 19, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Sir Robert Kotewall". Retrieved June 19, 2019.
  3. ^ "Kotewall, Edith". Retrieved June 19, 2019.

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Ng Hon-tsz
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Ts'o Seen-wan
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