Arthur Young (governor)

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Arthur Henderson Young as Governor of the Straits Settlements

Captain Sir Arthur Henderson Young, GCMG KBE (1854 – 20 October 1938) was a British colonial administrator. He was the son of Colonel Keith Young. On 5 November 1885, he married Lady Evelyn Anne Kennedy, a daughter of Archibald Kennedy, 2nd Marquess of Ailsa, and Julia Jephson.[1]


Young was educated at Edinburgh Academy and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst.


Young joined the 27th Inniskillings as a sub-lieutenant, and entered the Colonial Service in 1878. He was first appointed to command a Military Police unit in Cyprus. The next 27 years he spent in the colony, holding successively the positions of Assistant Commissioner at Paphos, later Commissioner at Paphos, Commissioner at Famagusta, then Director of Survey and Forest Officer and Chief Secretary to the Government of Cyprus.

For six months in 1895, and for lesser periods in 1898, 1900, and 1904, Young administered the Government of Cyprus. In 1902, he went on a special mission to St. Vincent in the West Indies. He was posted as the Colonial Secretary of the Straits Settlements in 1906 until he became the British High Commissioner in Malaya and Governor of the Straits Settlements.

See also[edit]

  1. FMS KL No 3663/1917 From E L Brockman to Chung Thye Phin on Appointment to Federal Council
  2. Appointment of Chung Thye Phin to the Federal Council of the FMS by Arthur Henderson Young


  1. ^ Cracrofts Peerage Archived February 11, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  • Arnold Wright, Twientieth Century Impressions of British Malaya, 1908
  • Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 106th edition, 2 volumes (Crans, Switzerland: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 1999), volume 1, page 42