Saturday, 23 May 2009

Further 1

Post-tragic Duff Cooper stuff, I have things to say about drugs and war, but first this:

Capt. the Hon. Thomas Agar-Robartes, MP for St Austell and West Cornwall since 1908 (below) had a previous and very brief stint as MP for Bodmin. His predecessor there was Sir Lewis Molesworth. His successor was Freeman Freeman-Thomas. The second of these names is even better than the first, but the name is nothing compared to the biog.

As well as being a Liberal politician, F F-T was a first class cricketer, a major in the Sussex Artillery and at various points the PM's secretary and Lord-in-Waiting to the King. He then set off on a glittering colonial career which saw him become the Governor of Bombay and then Madras, and then Governor General of Canada, and finally Viceroy of India. He returned and was made the first Marquess of Willingdon and Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports. He was very big in the scouts. He doesn't merit a biography, though, unlike Jordan.

(I know, I know.)

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