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Sir Hugh Shakespear Barnes KCSI KCVO (14 July 1853 – 15 February 1940) was an English administrator in British India. He served as Chief Commissioner of Baluchistan several times during the 19th century.[1][2]

Early life and educationEdit

Barnes was born in Shahjahanpur, Uttar Pradesh, to James Ralph Barnes, a member of the British Indian Civil Service, and Mary Jane Thompson. His maternal great-grandfather, George Nesbitt Thompson, (1753–1831), was private secretary to Warren Hastings. His mother's brother was Sir Rivers Thompson, Lieutenant-Governor of Bengal, while his father's brother George Carnac Barnes, Commissioner of the Cis-Sutlej states. He was educated at Malvern College. His brother, Herbert Curie Barnes, served as Private Secretary to the Chief Commissioner of Burma.[2]

CareerEdit

Hugh Barnes joined the Indian Civil Service in 1874, after placing atop the entrance examination.[2] He was appointed Chief Commissioner of Baluchistan in 1891 (twice), and served further terms in 1896–1899 and 1899–1900. In 1899, he was appointed Foreign Secretary to the Government of India. It was announced in August 1902 that Barnes was appointed Lieutenant-Governor of Burma in succession to Sir Frederick Fryer, whose term was to end in early 1903.[3] Barnes served in Burma from April 1903 until May 1905, in which year he became a Member of the Council of India.[4]

He was awarded KCSI (Knight Commander of the Order of the Star of India) in 1924.[citation needed]

Personal lifeEdit

Barnes married Winifred Strachey, daughter of John Strachey, another Indian civil servant and a member of the prominent Strachey family. So many members of the Strachey family served in India that they were known jokingly as the "Strachey government." Barnes' daughter, Mary Barnes Hutchinson, was to become a writer and member of the Bloomsbury Group.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Cahoon, Ben. "Myanmar (Burma)". Retrieved 16 August 2012.
  2. ^ a b c "Obituary: Sir Hugh Shakespear Barnes – With Sandeman in Baluchistan". The Times. The Times Digital Archive. 16 February 1940. p. 11.
  3. ^ "Burma appointment". The Times (36860). London. 30 August 1902. p. 7.
  4. ^ "The Malvern register, 1865-1904". Retrieved 16 August 2012.
Political offices
Preceded by
Sir Robert Groves Sandeman
Chief Commissioner of Balochistan
1891
Succeeded by
Sir Oliver Beauchamp Coventry St John
Preceded by
Sir Oliver Beauchamp Coventry St John
Chief Commissioner of Balochistan (acting)
1891
Succeeded by
John Biddulph
Preceded by
Sir Robert Groves Sandeman
Chief Commissioner of Balochistan (acting)
1892
Succeeded by
Sir James Browne
Preceded by
James Adair Crawford
Chief Commissioner of Balochistan
1896–1899
Succeeded by
Henry Wylie
Preceded by
Henry Wylie
Chief Commissioner of Balochistan
1899–1900
Succeeded by
Charles Edward Yate
Preceded by
Frederick William Richard Fryer
Lieutenant Governor of British Crown Colony of Burma
1903–1905
Succeeded by
Sir Herbert Thirkell White