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Richmond Ritchie

Sir Richmond Thackeray Willougby Ritchie KCB ISO (1854 – 12 October 1912) was an Indian-born British civil servant. He spent most of his working life at the India Office, reaching the post of Permanent Under-Secretary of State for India.[1]

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LifeEdit

He was born in Calcutta, the third son of the jurist William Ritchie (1817–1862) and his wife Augusta Trimmer. He was educated at Eton College and Trinity College, Cambridge.[1][2]

In 1877 Ritchie entered the India Office through open competition, as a junior clerk. He acted as Private Secretary to a number Under-Secretaries of State, both Parliamentary and Permanent: from 1895 to 1902 he worked for Lord George Hamilton. He then was transferred to the post of Secretary in the Political and Secret Department.[1]

Knighted in 1907, on the retirement of Sir Arthur Godley in 1910 Ritchie became the Permanent Under-Secretary of State, a position he continued to hold until his death.[1]

FamilyEdit

In 1877 Ritchie married his second cousin, Anne Isabella Thackeray, the eldest daughter of the novelist William Makepeace Thackeray, and an author in her own right.[1]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e Kaul, Chandrika. "Ritchie, Sir Richmond Thackeray Willoughby". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/35764. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  2. ^ "Ritchie, Richmond Thackeray Willoughby (RTCY874RT)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.