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Alexander Milne (civil servant)

Alexander Milne
Died 1850
Nationality British
Occupation Civil Servant

Alexander Milne (fl 1818, died 1850) was a British civil servant who worked as a Commissioner of Woods and Forests for many years.[1]

Milne first became a commissioner on 14 August 1834 when William IV appointed him a "Commissioner of His Majesty's Woods, Forests, Land Revenues, and Buildings".[2] The Commission was a three-man body which managed the public and commercial functions of Crown land in Britain. The Commission was composed of a First Commissioner, who headed the body, and two co-commissioners. Throughout his career with the commission, which ran from 1834 until his death in 1850, Milne served as a co-commissioner. On his first commission Milne worked with Sir John Hobhouse, the First Commissioner, and Sir Benjamin Charles Stephenson.[2] Milne was reappointed to the commission, which had changed its remit to "Woods, Forests, Land Revenues, Works, and Public Buildings", by the King on 23 December 1834.[3] Stephenson remained on the commission but Lord Granville Somerset was appointed as the new First Commissioner.[3]

Milne and Stephenson reappointed once more on 28 April 1835, with Viscount Morpeth as First Commissioner.[8]

Milne died in 1850, having served on the Commission for 16 consecutive years of its 41 year existence.[1] Milne served with six different First Commissioners and just two separate co-commissioners. His replacement on the commission was Thomas Francis Kennedy who was appointed on 28 August 1850.[9]

Milne was appointed to be a member of the Lord Lyttelton, Lord Colborne, James Charles Herries, Sir Robert Harry Inglis, Sir Charles Lemon, Henry Thomas Hope, Henry Gally Knight, Robert Smirke and Charles Barry.[11]

On 27 April 1848 Milne was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath (Civil Division) for his work as a commissioner of woods and forests.[13] He was a friend of Charles Babbage and William Huskisson and some of his correspondence with those men, and others, is held by The National Archives.[1] He was also close to the architect and civil engineer Thomas Telford and, along with John Dickinson (of the House of Commons), served as executor of his last will and testament after his death in 1834.[14]


  1. ^ a b c "Milne, Alexander (fl 1818-1850) Commissioner of Woods and Forests".  
  2. ^ a b The London Gazette: no. 19183. p. 1499. 15 August 1834. Retrieved 2010-02-03.
  3. ^ a b The London Gazette: no. 19223. p. 2309. 23 December 1834. Retrieved 2010-02-03.
  4. ^ The London Gazette: no. 19264. p. 829. 28 April 1835. Retrieved 2010-01-31.
  5. ^ a b The London Gazette: no. 19743. p. 1207. 18 June 1839. Retrieved 2010-02-01.
  6. ^ The London Gazette: no. 20019. p. 2316. 17 September 1841. Retrieved 2010-02-03.
  7. ^ The London Gazette: no. 20580. p. 822. 3 March 1846. Retrieved 2010-02-01.
  8. ^ The London Gazette: no. 20621. p. 2534. 10 July 1846. Retrieved 2010-02-01.
  9. ^ The London Gazette: no. 21138. p. 2567. 24 September 1850. Retrieved 2010-02-03.
  10. ^ The London Gazette: no. 20173. p. 3565. 2 December 1842. Retrieved 2010-01-31.
  11. ^ a b c The London Gazette: no. 20174. p. 3604. 6 December 1842. Retrieved 2010-01-31.
  12. ^ "List of commissions and officials 1840-1849". British History Online. Retrieved 2009-11-23. 
  13. ^ The London Gazette: no. 20850. p. 1655. 28 April 1848. Retrieved 2010-02-03.
  14. ^ "Will of Thomas Telford". ambaile. Retrieved 2009-11-23. 
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