A. R. Knapp

Sir Arthur Rowland Knapp CBE CSI KCIE (10 December 1870 – 22 May 1954) was a British civil servant who served as the Revenue Member of the Executive Council of the Governor of Madras from 1923 to 1926.

Early lifeEdit

Arthur Knapp was born at Woolston in 1870 to Lt Col. Charles Barrett Knapp. He was educated at Westminster School and Christ Church, Oxford. He married Florence Annie Moore on 9 August 1899 at Madras, India.[1] His wife Florence was the daughter of Edward Moore, DD Principal of St Edmunds Hall Oxford.[1]

His daughter Margaret Elfreda Knapp was married to the prominent Royal Navy officer and Director of Naval Intelligence Anthony Buzzard, and the theologian Anthony F. Buzzard is his grandson.[2]


A Knapp joined the Indian civil service in 1891 and served as Assistant Collector and magistrate, Malabar district, Madras. In 1899, he was appointed Under-secretary in the Board of Revenue rising to become Secretary.His inexperience and lack of understanding about the nuances of local culture led to a lot of his administrative reforms being ineffective and unpopular.It is believed that even after he was long gone from Malabar, Sir Knapp’s name became synonymous with incompetence; eventually being assimilated into Malayalam as Knappan.

Knapp was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1919,[3] invested as a Companion, Order of the Star of India (C.S.I.)[4] in 1922 and Knight Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire in the 1924 New Year Honours list.[5]

Legislative CouncilEdit

In 1923, Knapp was nominated to the Madras Legislative Council and served from 1923 to 1926.


Knapp died on 22 May 1954 at the age of 83.


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  2. ^ url=http://www.thepeerage.com/p19717.htm#i197164%7C
  3. ^ "Supplement" (PDF). London Gazette. 3 June 1919. p. 7051.
  4. ^ Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes. Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003 volume 1, page 628
  5. ^ "Supplement" (PDF). London Gazette. 1 January 1924. p. 5.