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Robert Hart (1835 - 1911):
Inspector General of Chinese Maritime Customs


Robert Hart was born in Milltown, County Armagh, and was educated at Queen's College, Belfast. He joined the British consular service and became a commissioner of customs in Shanghai. He met General Gordon and that he reconciled him to Li Hung Chang. By 1863 he had been promoted to inspector general of Chinese Maritime Customs, a Chinese government appointment, not a British Foreign Office one. The post, which he held for the next forty-three years, led to the conferral of the rank of mandarin. He was instrumental in restoring the Manchu dynasty and had both a knighthood and a baronetcy bestowed upon him. He was appointed a Pro-Chancellor of the new Queen's University founded in 1908. He is commemorated in the University by a tablet in the main entrance of the Lanyon (Main) Building, and by his portrait by Frank McKelvey.


Born: 20 February 1835
Died: 20 September 1911
Kate Newmann
Bibliography:
Biography by Julia Bredon 1909