Hiram Wilkinson (1844 - 1926):
Hiram Shaw Wilkinson was born in Moneyshanere, Tobermore, County Londonderry, son of John Wilkinson of Belfast and Annabella Shaw from County Down. He was educated at Queen’s College, Belfast where he graduated BA in 1864 and LLB in 1872; later he obtained the degree of LLD (1881).He entered on a career in the consular service in the Far East in 1864 and in 1879 was appointed Acting Assistant Judge at Shanghai in 1879.
He would hold a number of legal and diplomatic positions including Vice-Consul in Japan, 1877-1881; Vice consul at Neegata (Nigata), Japan (1877 -1881 though he may never had actually been based in Niigata); Acting Law Secretary of the British Supreme Court for China and Japan based in Kanagawa (1877–1878); Acting Assistant Judge (1879–1880) of the British Supreme Court for China and Japan based in Shanghai; Crown Advocate (1882–1897) of the British Supreme Court for China and Japan based in Shanghai; British Commissioner for the settlement of claims after the Canton riots (1883); Acting Judge of the British Court for Japan (1894–1895) base in Yokohama; Judge of the British Court for Japan (1897–1900) based in Yokohama; Chief Justice of the British Supreme Court for China and Corea (1900–1905) based in Shanghai.
He was knighted in 1903 and retired to his native Ulster.
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