Victor Hope, 2nd Marquess of Linlithgow
|The Most Honourable
The Marquess of Linlithgow
KG KT GCSI GCIE OBE TD PC
|Viceroy of India|
18 April 1936 – 1 October 1943
|Prime Minister||Stanley Baldwin
|Preceded by||The Marquess of Willingdon|
|Succeeded by||The Viscount Wavell|
|Born||24 September 1887
South Queensferry, Linlithgowshire, Scotland
|Died||5 January 1952
South Queensferry, Linlithgowshire, Scotland
|Spouse(s)||Doreen Maud Milner
Victor Alexander John Hope, 2nd Marquess of Linlithgow KG, KT, GCSI, GCIE, OBE, PC (24 September 1887 – 5 January 1952) was a British statesman who served as Governor-General and Viceroy of India from 1936 to 1943.
Early life and family
Hope was born at Hopetoun House, South Queensferry, Linlithgowshire, Scotland, on 24 September 1887. He was the elder son of John Adrian Louis Hope, 7th Earl of Hopetoun, later 1st Marquess Linlithgow, and Hersey Everleigh-de-Moleyns, Countess of Hopetoun and later Marchioness of Linlithgow, daughter of the fourth Baron Ventry. His godmother was Queen Victoria.
He was educated at Eton College and on 29 February 1908 succeeded his father as 2nd Marquess Linlithgow.
Linlithgow served as an officer on the Western Front during the First World War, ending the war with the rank of Colonel. He commanded a battalion of the Royal Scots. He was mentioned in dispatches and appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire.
He then served in various minor roles in the Conservative governments of the 1920s and '30s. From 1922 till 1924 he served as the civil lord of the Admiralty, becoming chairman of the Unionist Party Organization in 1924 for two years. He also served as President of the Navy League from 1924 until 1931. He was chairman of the Medical Research Council and of the governing body of the Imperial College London. Linlithgow was also chairman of the committee on the distribution and prices of agricultural produce and president of the Edinburgh and East of Scotland College of Agriculture until 1933. In 1926 he was Chairman of the Royal Commission on Agriculture in India, which published its findings in 1928. Influenced by submissions to the Royal Commission, "a decade later, when (he) became Viceroy of India he showed a personal interest in nutrition, pushing it to the top of the research agenda". In the 1930s he was also chairman of the select committee on Indian constitutional reform.
Having previously declined both the governorship of Madras and the governor-generalship of Australia (his father was the first Governor-General of Australia), he became the Viceroy of India on 18 April 1936, succeeding Lord Willingdon. Linlithgow implemented the plans for local self-government embodied in the Government of India Act of 1935, which led to government led by the Congress Party in five of the 11 provinces, but the recalcitrance of the princes prevented the full establishment of Indian self-government.
With the outbreak of the Second World War, Linlithgow's appeal for unity led to the resignation of the Congress ministries. On 8 August 1940 Lord Linlithgow made a statement on behalf of the British government. It was known as the August Offer and offered greater rights in the governance of India to the Indian people. The proposal was rejected by most Indian politicians, including the Congress Party and the Muslim League. Disputes between the British administration and Congress ultimately led to massive Indian civil disobedience in the Quit India Movement in 1942. Linlithgow suppressed the disturbances and arrested the Congress leaders. He is partly blamed for the Bengal famine of 1943.
He retired in 1943, his seven-year tenure as Viceroy having been the longest in the history of the Raj. He was considered by his British obituarists to have been "one of the most skillful colonial officers to have held the highest office".
Indians were less kind in their assessments of his career. VP Menon in The Transfer of Power in India stated, "His 7½ year regime — longer than that of any other Viceroy — was conspicuous by its lack of positive achievement. When he left India, famine stalked portions of the countryside. There was economic distress due to the rising cost of living and the shortage of essential commodities. On the political side, Sir Tej Bahadur Sapru expressed the general feeling thus: ' Today, I say, after seven years of Lord Linlithgow's administration the country is much more divided than it was when he came here'."
- 1887–1902: Victor Alexander John Hope, Viscount Aithrie
- 1902–1908: Victor Alexander John Hope, Earl of Hopetoun
- 1908–1917: The Most Honourable The Marquess of Linlithgow
- 1917–1919: The Most Honourable The Marquess of Linlithgow, TD
- 1919–1928: The Most Honourable The Marquess of Linlithgow, OBE, TD
- 1928–1929: The Most Honourable The Marquess of Linlithgow, KT, OBE, TD
- 1929–1935: The Most Honourable The Marquess of Linlithgow, KT, GCIE, OBE, TD
- 1935–1936: The Most Honourable The Marquess of Linlithgow, KT, GCIE, OBE, TD, PC
- 1936–1943: His Excellency The Most Honourable The Marquess of Linlithgow, Viceroy and Governor-General of India, KT, GCSI, GCIE, OBE, TD, PC
- 1943–1952: The Most Honourable The Marquess of Linlithgow, KG, KT, GCSI, GCIE, OBE, TD, PC
- in Scotland: May 1944, May 1945: His Grace The Lord High Commissioner
- Charles William Frederick Hope, 3rd Marquess of Linlithgow (7 April 1912–1987); succeeded to his father's marquessate
- John Hope, 1st Baron Glendevon (7 April 1912–18 January 1996); became a Conservative statesman and married the daughter of the English novelist W. Somerset Maugham
- Lady Anne Adeline (b. 27 January 1914)
- Lady Joan Isabella (b. 21 September 1915)
- Lady Doreen Hersey Winifred (b. 17 June 1920), the mother of Lucinda Green, a famous equestrian.
In some circles the three girls were known as Faint Hope, Little Hope and No Hope.
- Viceroy at Bay: Lord Linlithgow in India, 1936-43, by John Glendevon
- Dictionary of Australian Artists Online
- Linlithgow (Chairman); et al. (1928), Royal Commission on Agriculture in India. Volume I, Part II, Calcutta: Government of India, Central Publication Branch, retrieved 12 August 2010 (Full text at Internet Archive)
- Arnold, David (2000), Science, technology, and medicine in Colonial India, The New Cambridge History of India. Part III, Volume 5, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, p. 201, ISBN 0-521-56319-4, retrieved 12 August 2010
- Australian Dictionary of Biography
- Richard Stevenson, Bengal Tiger and British Lion: An Account of the Bengal Famine of 1943
- John Glendevon, Viceroy at Bay: Lord Linlithgow in India, 1936-43
- "Lt-Col James Allason: War hero who became an MP and formulated the Tory policy of selling council houses to tenants". The Independent (London). 23 June 2011.
The Earl of Willingdon
|Viceroy of India
The Viscount Wavell
The Earl of Rosebery
|Lord Lieutenant of West Lothian
Henry Moubray Cadell
|Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh
HRH The Duke of Edinburgh
|Peerage of the United Kingdom|
|Marquess of Linlithgow
Charles William Frederick Hope