1969 - Brigadier Stephen Hemsley Longrigg

Scope and Content

Correspondence and a newspaper cutting regarding the award of the Burton Memorial Medal to Stephen Hemsley Longrigg.

Administrative / Biographical History

Stephen Helmsley Longrigg was born in Sevenoaks, Kent, and educated at Highgate School and Oriel College, Oxford. He served in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment in the First World War before returning to Oxford to complete his Masters degree. He then joined the British Administration in Iraq and served as Inspector-General of Revenue between 1927 and 1931. It was during this time that he wrote "Four Centuries of Modern Iraq" (1925), a history of Iraq under the Ottoman Empire. In 1937 he joined the Iraq Petroleum Company in which he continued to work until his retirement in 1951, apart from serving in the Army in the Middle East during World War Two. He was an able linguist which a good knowledge of tribal affairs. He wrote widely about his time in the Middle East.


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Related Material

The Minutes of the Council Meeting may provide additional details of the award to Stephen Hemsley Longrigg. The Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society 1970, p.231, reports the presentation of the Burton Memorial Medal to Longrigg and that he subsequently lectured, within the Anniversary General Meeting Report.

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