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James Harford

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Sir James Dundas Harford KBE CMG (7 January 1899 – 26 November 1993) was a British diplomat who served as Governor of Saint Helena from 1954 to 1958.


A direct descendant of John Scandrett Harford of Blaise Castle, he was educated at Repton School and Balliol College, Oxford. Between school and university he enlisted as a Second Lieutenant in 2nd Battalion Essex Regiment and saw action in France between 1917 and 1918. After a period as a schoolmaster at Eton College from 1922 to 1926, Harford joined the Colonial Administration Service and was posted to Nigeria (1926–1934).

He was subsequently appointed:

  • Administrator of Antigua and Federal Secretary of the Leeward Islands (1936–1940);
  • Administrator of Saint Kitts and Nevis (1940–1946);
  • Acting Governor of the Leeward Islands (various periods between 1937 and 1946);
  • Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (1943);
  • To serve in the Colonial Office (1946–1947);
  • Colonial Secretary of Mauritius (1948–1953);
  • Acting Governor of Mauritius (1948 and 1950);
  • Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Saint Helena (1954–1958);
  • Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (1956).
  • Harford Middle School in Saint Helena is named in his honour.

    He was married twice:

    1. (14 March 1932) to Countess Thelma Alberta Louisa Evelyne Metaxà (died 22 October 1934), sister of 9th Count Metaxà, and only daughter of Count Andrea Francis Albert Cochrane Metaxà RNR; 1 son.
    2. (20 February 1937) to Lilias Madeline (died 9 December 2006), eldest daughter of Major Archibald Campbell AEC; 2 daughters.

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