Laurence Guillemard

Sir Laurence Nunns Guillemard GCMG KCB (7 June 1862 – 13 December 1951) was a British civil servant who served as high commissioner in Malaya when it was under the British Empire.

Sir Laurence Nunns Guillemard

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18th Governor of the Straits Settlements
In office
17 February 1920 – 3 June 1927
MonarchGeorge V
Preceded bySir Arthur Young
Succeeded bySir Hugh Clifford
Personal details
Born7 June 1862
Died13 December 1951(1951-12-13) (aged 89)
ProfessionColonial Administrator


He was educated at Charterhouse School and Trinity College, Cambridge.[1] Guillemard spent his early career in the civil service, where he was for several years Principal Private Secretary to Sir Michael Hicks Beach, Chancellor of the Exchequer. In May 1902, he was appointed Deputy-Chairman of the Board of Inland Revenue.[2]

He was appointed Governor of the Straits Settlements and High Commissioner for the Federated Malay States in 1920,[3] and was one of the promoters of British policies favouring the Malay ethnic group. He was invested as a Companion of Order of the Bath (CB) in 1905,[4] Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB) in 1910[5] and a Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG) in 1923.[6] He was promoted to Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George (GCMG) in the 1927 New Year Honours;[7] he retired from the service in the same year.

Places named after himEdit

Guillemard Bridge, Tanah Merah, Kelantan, Malaysia

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Laurence Nunns Guillemard". 23 April 2014.
  2. ^ [publisher=The Times|date=24 February 1902|issue=36699]
  3. ^ "No. 31642". The London Gazette. 14 November 1919. p. 13800.
  4. ^ "No. 11739". The London Gazette. 4 July 1905. p. 655.
  5. ^ "No. 28388". The London Gazette (Supplement). 23 June 1910. p. 4476.
  6. ^ "No. 32830". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 June 1923. p. 3945.
  7. ^ "No. 33235". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 1926. p. 4.

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Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Arthur Young
Governor of the Straits Settlements and
British High Commissioner in Malaya

1920 – 1927
Succeeded by
Sir Hugh Clifford