William Henry Wilkinson

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Sir William Henry Wilkinson (traditional Chinese: 務謹順, simplified Chinese: 务谨顺; May 10, 1858[1] - 1930) was a British Sinologist who served as Consul-General for H.B.M in China and Korea. He was also a playing card collector and card game enthusiast.

British Diplomatic Service[edit]

?-1893 Consul at Swatow[2][3]
1893-94 Acting Consul-General at Seoul[1][4]
1894-97 Acting Vice-Consul at Chemulpo[1][4]
1900-01 Consul at Ningpo[5]
1901-02 Acting Consul at Wenchow[5]
1902-09 Consul-General at Kunming and Szemao[5]
1909-11 Consul-General at Chengtu[5]
1911-12 Consul-General at Mukden[5][6]
1912-17 Consul-General at Hankow[6][7]


  • The Game of Khanhoo (London, 1891)
  • A Manual of Chinese Chess (Shanghai, 1893)
  • Chinese Origin of Playing Cards (1895)
  • The Corean government: constitutional changes, July 1894 to October 1895. With an appendix on subsequent enactments to 30th June 1896 (1896)
  • Bridge Maxims (1918)
  • Mah-Jongg: a memorandum (1925)


  1. ^ a b c The Foreign Office list and diplomatic and consular year book for 1917, Foreign Office, Great Britain.
  2. ^ Stewart Culin (1893), Exhibition of Games in the Columbian Exposition, Journal of American Folklore, 6(22): 205-227.
  3. ^ Hubert Howe Bancroft (1893), The Book of the Fair: an Historical and Descriptive Presentation of the World's Science, Art, and Industry, as Viewed through the Columbian Exposition at Chicago in 1893, The Bancroft Company, Publishers, Chicago. (Relevant excerpt here.)
  4. ^ a b Horace N. Allen (1901), A Chronological Index: Some of the Chief Events in the Foreign Intercourse of Korea From the Beginning of the Christian Era to the Twentieth Century, pp.53-54.
  5. ^ a b c d e 清季中外使領年表(“Chronological list of Chinese and foreign consular officers for late Qing dynasty”), 中華書局 (Zhonghua Book Company), Beijing, 1985.
  6. ^ a b George Ernest Morrison, The Correspondence of G. E. Morrison: 1895-1912, pg. 624, Cambridge University Press (1976), ISBN 0-521-20486-0
  7. ^ The China Year Book, 1913.

External links[edit]

  • Elliot Avedon Virtual Museum of Games: W.H. Wilkinson. University of Waterloo