Donald Friell McLeod
The grave of Sir Donald Friell McLeod, Kensal Green Cemetery
|Lieutenant governor of Punjab|
10 January 1865 – 1 June 1870
|Preceded by||Sir Robert Montgomery|
|Succeeded by||Sir Henry Marion Durand|
|Born||May 6, 1810|
Fort William, Calcutta, British India
|Died||November 28, 1872 (aged 62)|
|Alma mater||East India Company College|
Sir Donald Friell McLeod KCSI CB (6 May 1810 – 28 November 1872) was a Lieutenant Governor of British Punjab (in office: 10 January 1865 – 1 June 1870). He was one of the founders of Lahore Oriental College, now part of the Punjab University and is generally remembered as a philanthropic administrator and promoter of education (of both Oriental studies by Europeans, and European literature studies in India).
Son of Lieutenant General Duncan McLeod, he was born in Fort William, Calcutta, and was educated at Edinburgh High School, in Dulwich, Putney, and the East India Company College at Hailey. He returned to Bengal in 1828 as an officer to start his career in the Company's administrative service. He worked in the Sagar and Nerbudda territories and Benares in 1831–49. He was appointed Commissioner of Jalandhar in 1849 and Judicial Commissioner of the Punjab in 1854.
He encouraged Oriental Studies and voiced his opinion on education in vernacular languages. Due to his efforts, the British Government introduced vernaculars in universities alongside English and agreed to the establishment of the Oriental College in Lahore in 1866. His efforts won praises from the natives and the officials.
After his death, his collection of some 2,000 books was purchased in 1873 by the newly established University College, Lahore (now the University of the Punjab) as the foundation for its university library.
- Lake, Major-General Edward John. Sir Donald McLeod, C.B., K.C.S.I: A record of forty-two years' service in India. London: The Religious Tract Society, 1873.
- McLeod, Sir Donald Friell, an entry in: Charles Edward Buckland. Dictionary of Indian biography. London, 1906.
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