Papers of Sir Angus Gillan, KBE, CMG

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 161 MSS. Afr. s. 1715 (103) (Box 5)
  • Dates of Creation
      1916, [1978-1984]
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      66 ff.

Scope and Content

Address card, notes on tape recording, list of the arms of Ali Dinar, list offoreign words used in interview, transcript of interview, [1978-1984]; photographs takenin Sudan, 1916.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir (James) Angus Gillan (1885-1981) KBE (1939), CMG (1935) was educated at Edinburgh Academy and Magdalen College, Oxford, entering the Sudan Political Service in 1909. He was Inspector at el Obeid and Nakud (Kordofan Province), 1910-1916. He became Assistant Political and Intelligence Officer, Sudan Western Frontier Force, 1916, during the campaign against Ali Dinar in Dar Fur. He served as Deputy and Acting Governor of the Nuba Mountains Province, 1921-1928, Governor of Kordofan Province, 1928-1932, Assistant Civil Secretary, 1932-1934, and Civil Secretary, from 1934, retiring in 1939.

He served as Principal Officer, North Midland Civil Defence Region, Nottingham, 1940-1941, Controller, Commonwealth and Empire Division, British Council, 1941-1949 and British Council Representative in Australia, 1949-1951.

He was a fellow, King's College, University of London (Treasurer, 1955-1970), and President at various times of the Royal Over-Seas League, Conservative Commonwealth Council, Sudan Government British Pensioners' Association, Anglo-Sudanese Association, etc.. He was awarded the Order of the Nile, 2nd Class, 1935. In 1917 he married Margaret Douglas Ord-Mackenzie, with whom he had one son.

Other Finding Aids

Listed as no. 920 (103) in Manuscript Collections in RhodesHouse Library Oxford, Accessions 1978-1994 (Oxford, Bodleian Library,1996).