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Allan Maclean Skinner, Death 14 Jun 1901, Canterbury

The Straits Times, 13 July 1901, Page 2

Mr Allan Maclean Skinner, C.M.G., late of the Straits Settlements Civil Service, and Consul for the Siamese Slates, died on 15th June at his residence, Harlandrise, Barton-fields, Canterbury, at the age of 55 years. He was born at Brighton in 1846, and was a son of Sir Allan Maclean Skinner, Q.C., Recorder of Windsor. He was called to the Bar in 1807, first appointed a cadet in the Straits Settlements service in 1881. He attained the rank of Resident Councillor of Penang in 1887, and that of Consul for the Siamese States in the following year. In 1891 he received the C.M.G. for services rendered. Mr. Skinner retired in January, 1897, and returned to England since which time he has resided at Canterbury.

The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (1884-1942), 13 July 1901, Page 3


We regret to announce the death of Allan Maclean Skinner, C.M.G. on Friday June 14, at his residence, Barton Fields, Canterbury. He was born at Brighton on March 20, 1846. He was the second son of the late Allan Maclean Skinner, Q.C., County Court Judge and Recorder of Windsor, and of Caroline Harding daughter of the Rev. John Harding and sister to Sir John Dorney Harding, of Coaley, Queen's Advocate. In 1875 he married Ellen, daughter of the Rev. W. H. Shelford, Shelford, rector of Preston St. Mary, Suffolk, sister of the late Thomas Shelford C.M.G., of Singapore. Called to the bar at Lincoln's Inn in 1867, he passed first in examination for the new Civil Service of the Straits Settlements. He was appointed Auditor-General with a seat in Council in 1881; acted as Colonial Secretary of the Straits, 1884-89, and as Deputy-Governor in 1885. He was appointed Resident Councillor of Penang in 1887, which appointment he continued to hold until his retirement in 1897, combining with it in 1888, the office of her Majesty's Consul for the Siamese States. He took an active part in the bombardment of Selangor (1871); the Perak negotiations (1874); the Muar election (1877), and in the proceedings generally which established the British Protectorate of the Malay Peninsula. He was the first Inspector of Schools in the Colony and the originator of its educational system. In 1890 he received the C.M.G. "in recognition of good work done." He originated the Straits branches of the S.P.C.A. (1876), and of the Royal Asiatic Society (1877); and edited and contributed to the local journal of the latter society for several years. Since ill-health compelled his retirement in 1897, he has resided at Canterbury and was engaged in writing a history of the Straits Settlements of which he had completed the early part, when death ended his labours.

The Straits Times, 23 July 1901, Page 2

At the time of his death,  the late Mr. Allan Maclean Skinner, C.M.G., was engaged in writing a history of the Straits Settlements, of which he had completed the early part.

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