Sir Arthur Wilson


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Sir Arthur Wilson 9,18,195

  • Born: 1838, Dundrum House, Dublin
  • Marriage: Mary Bardgett
  • Died: 28 December 1915, The Moorings, Heathside, Woking, Surrey aged 77

bullet  General Notes:

Listed in the 1881 Census as born in Brighton, Sussex. Also said to
have be born in Dublin.

From The Times, June 22, 1911

The Retirement of Sir Arthur Wilson. - The Law Journal says:- Sir
Arthur Wilson, whose services as an expert in Indian Law have been of
the greatest value on the Judicial Committee during the nine years he
has been a member of that tribunal, is, we regret to learn, about to
retire. His connexion with the administration of Indian law has been
intimate and long. Fortunately, the Committee still has in Syed Ameer
Ali and Sir John Edge two members with a special knowledge of Indian
law, but nevertheless the services of Sir Arthur Wilson - who has not
yet completed his 75th year - wil be much missed, especially at a time
when the Government have come to recognize that the Judical Committee
must be strengthened.
From The Times, December 29, 1915
Sir Arthur Wilson, formerly a Judge of the High Court of Calcutta,
died yesterday at the Moorings, Heathside, Woking in 79th year.
Called to the Bar by the Inner Temple in 1862, he made his way
rapidly, and the late Lord Justice Mathew used to say of him that he
would certainly have been raised to the Bench in this country had he
not accepted a Judgeship of the Calcutta High Court in 1878. When he
was in India he was President of the Commission of Inquiry which sat
at Poona in 1888-89 to investigate charges of corruption and of
borrowing money from subordinate officals brought against the late Mr.
Arthur Crawford, then Commissioner of Central Division of the Bombay
Presidency. The proceedings were followed with breathless interest in
Western India, and after holding 67 public sittings Wilson and his
colleagues found the defendant not guilty of the graver charges, but
guilty of borrowing money from Indians in his jurisdiction. The case
first brought the name of Wilson to general notice in this country.
His interest in education and his public spirit led him into valuable
activities in India beyond the scope of his judicial obligations. In
1880 he was elected Vice-Chancellor of the Calcutta University. In
1892 he was appointed Legal Adviser and Solicitor to the Indian
Office, a position which he resigned in 1902. Meanwhile he received
the K.C.I.E., and some years later he was sworn of the Privy Council
and appointed to the Judicial Committee. His physical faculties had
partially failed, for he could hardly walk across the room at the
Privy Council meetings, but his intellectual vigour was as great as
ever. He had a family of two sons and one daughter. Both sons were
in the Army. One of them was drowned while crossing a river in India,
and the other was killed campaigning in South Africa.
The funeral will be at Old Woking on Friday at 2:15.


bullet  Noted events in his life were:

1. Census UK 1871: 1871, 18 St. George's Square, St. Pancras, London.

2. Census UK 1901: 1901, Stanford Road, Kensington.

3. Resided: 28 December 1915, The Moorings, Heathside, Woking, Surrey. 13

4. His funeral was held on 31 December 1915 in Old Woking, Surrey.

5. He had an estate probated on 5 February 1916 in London. 13


Arthur married Mary Bardgett, daughter of William Bardgett and Jane Malcolm. (Mary Bardgett was born on 15 July 1840 in Islington, London and died in 1926.)

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