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Frederick Lugard, 1st Baron Lugard

The Right Honourable
The Lord Lugard
1st Governor-General of the Colony and Protectorate of Nigeria
In office
December 1913 – November 1918
Preceded by Office created
Succeeded by Sir Hugh Clifford (as Governor)
Governor of Northern Nigeria
In office
September 1912 – December 1913
Preceded by Sir Charles Lindsay
Governor of the Colony and Protectorate of Southern Nigeria
In office
September 1912 – December 1913
Preceded by Sir Walter Egerton
Succeeded by Office abolished
14th Governor of Hong Kong
In office
29 July 1907 – 16 March 1912
Preceded by Sir Matthew Nathan
Succeeded by Sir Francis Henry May
High Commissioner of the Northern Nigeria Protectorate
In office
6 January 1900 – September 1906
Preceded by Office created
Succeeded by Sir William Wallace (acting)
Personal details
Born (1858-01-22)22 January 1858
Madras, British India
Died 11 April 1945(1945-04-11) (aged 87)
Dorking, Surrey, England, UK
Spouse(s) Flora Shaw
Alma mater Royal Military College, Sandhurst
Profession Soldier, explorer, colonial administrator

Frederick John Dealtry Lugard, 1st Baron Lugard GCMG CB DSO PC (22 January 1858 – 11 April 1945), known as Sir Frederick Lugard between 1901 and 1928, was a British soldier, mercenary, explorer of Africa and colonial administrator, who was Governor of Hong Kong (1907–1912) and Governor-General of Nigeria (1914–1919).


  • Early life and education 1
  • Military career 2
  • Post-military career 3
  • Early colonial services 4
  • Governor of Hong Kong 5
  • Governor of Nigeria 6
  • The Dual Mandate in British Tropical Africa 7
  • League of Nations and Anti-Slavery activism 8
  • Views 9
  • Honours 10
  • Personal life 11
  • Published works 12
  • Quotations 13
  • Places named after him 14
  • See also 15
  • References 16
  • Further reading 17
  • External links 18

Early life and education

Lugard was born in Madras (now Chennai) in India, but was raised in Worcester, England. He was the son of the Reverend Frederick Grueber Lugard, a British Army Chaplain at Madras, and his third wife Mary Howard (1819–1865), the youngest daughter of Reverend John Garton Howard (1786–1862), a younger son of Yorkshire landed gentry from Thorne and Melbourne near. Lugard was educated at Rossall School and the Royal Military College Sandhurst.

The name 'Dealtry' came from Thomas Dealtry, who was a friend of his father.

Military career

Lugard was commissioned into the 9th Foot (East Norfolk Regiment) in 1878, joining the second battalion in India, and serving in the following campaigns:

Lugard was appointed to the Nyasaland against Arab slave traders on Lake Nyasa and was severely wounded.

Post-military career

Lugard caricatured by Spy for Vanity Fair, 1895

After he left Nyasaland in April 1889, Lugard joined the British East Africa Company. In their service, he explored the Sabaki river and the neighbouring region, in addition to elaborating a scheme for the emancipation of the slaves held by Arabs in the Zanzibar mainland. In 1890, Lugard was sent by the company to Uganda, where he secured British predominance in the area and put an end to the civil disturbances between factions in the kingdom of Buganda. He became Military Administrator of Uganda from 26 December 1890 to May 1892. While administering Uganda, he journeyed round the Rwenzori Mountains to Lake Edward, mapping a large area of the country. He also visited Lake Albert, and brought away some thousands of Sudanese who had been left there by Emin Pasha and H. M. Stanley during the Emin Pasha Relief Expedition.

When Lugard returned to England in 1892, he successfully dissuaded Prime Minister West African Frontier Force, and commanded it until the end of December 1899, when the disputes with France were settled.

Early colonial services

After he relinquished command of the West African Frontier Force, Lugard was made High Commissioner of the Sokoto and many other Fula princes to fulfil their treaty obligations.

In 1903, British control over the whole protectorate was made possible by a successful campaign against the emir of Kano and the sultan of Sokoto. By the time Lugard resigned as commissioner, the entire Nigeria was being peacefully administered under the supervision of British residents. There were however uprisings that were brutally put down by Lugard's troops. A Mahdi rebellion in 1906 at the Satiru, a village near Sokoto resulted in the total destruction of the town with huge numbers of casualties.

Governor of Hong Kong

About a year after he resigned as High Commissioner of the Protectorate of Northern Nigeria, Lugard was appointed as Governor of Hong Kong,[2] a position he held until March 1912. During his tenure, Lugard proposed to return Weihaiwei to the Chinese government, in return for the ceding of the rented New Territories in perpetuity. However, the proposal received less than warm receptions, and it was not acted upon. Some believed that if the proposal was acted on, Hong Kong might forever remain in British hands.

Lugard's chief interest was education, and he was largely remembered for his efforts to the founding of the University of Hong Kong in 1911, of which he became the First Chancellor, despite the cold receptions from the imperial Colonial Office and most local British companies, such as the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation. The Colonial Office called the idea of a university "Sir Frederick's pet lamb".[3] In fact, Lugard's idea was to create a citadel of higher education which could serve as the foremost bearer of Western culture in the Orient.

Governor of Nigeria

In 1912, Lugard returned to Nigeria as Governor of the two protectorates. His main mission was to complete the amalgamation into one colony. Although controversial in Lagos, where it was opposed by a large section of the political class and the media, the amalgamation did not arouse passion in the rest of the country. From 1914 to 1919, Lugard was made Governor General of the now combined Colony of Nigeria. Throughout his tenure, Lugard sought strenuously to secure the amelioration of the condition of the native people, among other means by the exclusion, wherever possible, of alcoholic liquors, and by the suppression of slave raiding and slavery.

Lugard, ably assisted by his wife Flora Shaw, concocted a legend which warped understanding of him, Nigeria, and colonialism for decades. The revenue that allowed state development (harbours, railways, hospitals) in Southern Nigeria came largely from taxes on imported alcohol. In Northern Nigeria that tax was absent and development projects far fewer. The Adubi War occurred during his governorship. In Northern Nigeria Lugard permitted slavery within traditional elite families. He loathed the educated and sophisticated Africans of the coastal regions, ran the country with 50% of each year spent in England (where he could promote himself and was distant from realities in Africa where subordinates had to delay decisions on many matters until he returned), and based his rule on a military system - unlike William MacGregor, a doctor turned governor, who mixed with all ranks of people and listened to what was wanted.[4] Lugard, who opposed "native education" later became involved in Hong Kong University, and that Lugard who disliked traders and businessmen, became a director of a bank active in Nigeria are strange aspects of the man and the myth.

The Dual Mandate in British Tropical Africa

Lugard's The Dual Mandate in British Tropical Africa was published in 1922. It discusses indirect rule in colonial Africa. In this work, Lugard outlined the reasons and methods that he recommended for the colonisation of Africa by Britain. Some of his justifications included spreading Christianity and ending 'barbarism' (such as human sacrifice). He also saw state-sponsored colonisation as a way to protect missionaries, local chiefs, and local people from each other as well as from foreign powers. Also, for Lugard, it was vital that Britain gain control of unclaimed areas before Germany, Portugal, or France claimed the land and its resources for themselves. He realised that there were vast profits to be made through the exporting of resources like rubber and through taxation of native populations, as well as importers and exporters (the British taxpayers actually always made a loss from the colonies in this period). In addition, these resources and inexpensive native labour (slavery having been outlawed by Britain in 1834) would provide vital fuel for the industrial revolution in resource-depleted Britain as well as monies for public works projects. Finally, Lugard reasoned that colonisation had become a fad and that in order to remain a super power, Britain would need to hold colonies in order to avoid appearing weak.

League of Nations and Anti-Slavery activism

From 1922 to 1936 he was British representative on the

Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Matthew Nathan
Governor of Hong Kong
Succeeded by
Sir Francis May
Preceded by
Governor-General of Nigeria
Succeeded by
Hugh Clifford
Governor of Nigeria
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baron Lugard
  • Archives Hub:Papers of Frederick Dealtry Lugard, Baron Lugard of Abinger: 1871-1969

External links

  • 'Reading the Colonizer's Mind: Lord Lugard and the Philosophical Foundations of British Colonialism' by Olufemi Taiwo in Racism and Philosophy edited by Susan E. Babbitt and Sue Campbell, Cornell University Press, 1999

Further reading

  1. ^ The London Gazette: no. 25761. p. 6374. 25 November 1887.
  2. ^ The London Gazette: no. 28024. p. 3589. 24 May 1907.
  3. ^ Carroll JM (2007). A Concise History of Hong Kong. Hong Kong University Press. p.85.
  4. ^ The Administration of Nigeria 1900 to 1960, by I. F. Nicholson, Oxford University Press, 1969
  5. ^
  6. ^
  7. ^ The Dual Mandate in British Tropical Africa p76
  8. ^ 'Reading the Colonizer's Mind: Lord Lugard and the Philosophical Foundations of British Colonialism' by Olufemi Taiwo in Racism and Philosophy edited by Susan E. Babbitt and Sue Campbell, Cornell University Press, 1999
  9. ^ The London Gazette: no. 26639. p. 3740. 2 July 1895.
  10. ^ The London Gazette: no. 27261. p. 1. 1 January 1901.
  11. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 31712. p. 1. 30 December 1919.
  12. ^ The London Gazette: no. 33369. p. 2129. 23 March 1928.
  13. ^ "Royal Geographical Society" The Times (London). Saturday, 15 March 1902. (36716), p. 12.
  14. ^ "The rulers of British Africa, 1870-1914" By Lewis H. Gann, Peter Duignan - quote on page 340


See also

  • Lugard Road, The Peak, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong
  • Lugard Tower (the Faculty of Education Building in University of Hong Kong)
  • Lugard Hall (a dormitory complex in the University of Hong Kong)
  • Lugard Avenue, Ikoyi Lagos, Nigeria
  • Lugard Hall, Kaduna, Nigeria. Currently used by Kaduna State House of Assembly
  • Lugard Avenue, Entebbe, Uganda
  • Lugard House, Rossall School, Fleetwood
  • Lugard Road, Jos, Nigeria
  • Many school dormitories, guest houses etc. in East Africa and West Africa are named Lugard House
  • The fictional Lord Lugard's College, a preparatory school in Chinua Achebe's Anthills of the Savannah, where three of the central characters were educated
  • Lugard House (a dormitory on the eastern compound of Achimota School in Achimota, Ghana)
  • Lugard House (The official residence of the governor of Kogi State, Nigeria in Lokoja the state capital)
  • Lugard Falls, Tsavo East National Park, Kenya

Places named after him

"the typical African ... is a happy, thriftless, excitable person, lacking in self control, discipline and foresight, naturally courageous, and naturally courteous and polite, full of personal vanity, with little sense of veracity brief , the virtues and defects of this race-type are those of attractive children."[14]


  • In 1893, Lugard published The Rise of our East African Empire, which was partially an autobiography. Also, Lugard was the author of various valuable reports on Northern Nigeria issued by the Colonial Office.
  • The Dual Mandate in British Tropical Africa, 1926.

Published works

Lord Lugard married The Times, who coined the place-name Nigeria. There were no children from the marriage. Flora died in January 1929. Lord Lugard survived her by sixteen years and died on 11 April 1945, aged 87. He was cremated at Woking Crematorium. As he was childless the barony died with him.

Lugard and his wife.

Personal life

A bronze bust of Lugard created in 1960 by Pilkington Jackson is held in the National Portrait Gallery, London.

The Royal Geographical Society awarded him the Founder′s Gold medal in 1902, for persistent attention to African Geography.[13]

[12] in the County of Surrey.Abinger, of Baron Lugard In 1928 he was further honoured when he was elevated to the peerage as [11], entitling him to style himself "The Right Honourable", in the 1920 New Year Honours.Privy Council and raised to a Knight Grand Cross (GCMG) in 1911. He was appointed to the [10] Lugard was appointed a


Olufemi Taiwo argues that in fact Lugard blocked qualified Africans educated in Britain from playing an active role in the development of the country (actually Lugard distrusted white "intellectuals" as much as black ones - believing that the principles they were taught in the universities were often wrong), preferring to advance prominent Hausa and Fulani leaders from traditional structures.[8]

Lugard pushed for native rule in African colonies. He reasoned that black Africans were very different from white Europeans. He did speculate about the admixture of Aryan or Hamitic blood arising from the advent of Islam among the Hausa and Fulani.[7] He considered that natives should act as a sort of middle manager in colonial governance. This would avoid revolt because, as Lugard believed, the people of Africa would be more likely to follow someone who looked like them, spoke their languages, and shared their customs.



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