William Evans-Gordon

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Vanity Fair caricature by Spy (Leslie Ward), 11 May 1905. The caption reads "The Alien immigrant".

Major Sir William Eden Evans Gordon, I.S.C. (8 August 1857 – 31 October 1913)[1][2] was a British MP who previously served as a military diplomat in India.

As a political officer on secondment from the British Indian Army from 1876 to 1897 during the British Raj, he was attached to the Foreign Department of the Indian Government. His career in India was a mixture of military administrative business on the volatile North-West Frontier, and diplomacy and foreign politics advising Maharajas or accompanying the Viceroy in the Princely States.

After leaving the Army, Evans Gordon returned to Britain and in 1900 was elected as Conservative Party MP for Stepney on an anti-alien platform. As a result of the pogroms in Eastern Europe, an increasing number of Jews were arriving in Britain either to stay, or en route for America. Evans Gordon, as a 'restrictionist', was heavily and actively involved in the passing of the Aliens Act 1905, which sought to limit the number of people allowed to enter Britain, even temporarily. He held Stepney from 1900 to 1907.

Early life

William Eden Evans Gordon[n 1] was born in Chatham, Kent, the youngest son of Major-General Charles Spalding Evans Gordon (19 September 1813-18 January 1901)[3] and his first wife, Catherine Rose (23 July 1815 – 1858),[4] daughter of Rev. Dr. Alexander Rose, D.D., a Presbyterian minister of Inverness.[5][6] William was the youngest of seven children. See also Family tree below.

His mother died in 1858, soon after he was born.[7] He was educated at Cheltenham College (entering in October 1870 at the same time as his older brother Charles [Jr.]),[8] and at the Royal Military College, where he was an unattached Sub-Lieutenant on 15 July 1876.[9]

Political career in India

William Evans-Gordon was commissioned as a second Lieutenant into the 67th Foot on 15 January 1877. He transferred on 3 July to the Madras Staff Corps of the Indian Army,[10] attached to the 41st Madras Native Infantry in 1880 as Wing Officer and Quartermaster.[n 2][11] From November 1881— December 1883 he was extra ADC to the Governor of Madras, M. E. Grant Duff,[10] serving as Wing Officer and Quartermaster in 1883 with the 8th Madras Native Infantry.[12] In 1884, Evans Gordon served under the Foreign Department attached to 1st Regt. Central India Horse (Mayne's Horse) in Guna.[n 3] During the joint Russo-British Afghan Boundary Commission 1885-1887[13] under Colonel Joseph West Ridgeway he was busy working as Boundary Settlement Officer and Assistant in charge of Banswara State and Pratapgarh; as an Attaché of the Indian Foreign Dept. he worked on translating documents into French and German, apparently for the uniformed but 'unofficial' military observers from those countries. He had charge of the Frontier branch of the Foreign Dept., and collated the Boundary Commission's documentation.[10][14]

From 1884-88 he was Assistant Secretary during the greater part of the Viceroy Lord Dufferin's tenure, accompanying the Viceroy on his tours, and translating at his interviews with Indian princely rulers.[10] In 1885 Evans Gordon was back with the 8th Madras Regt. in Saugor as Officiating 3rd Class Political Assistant,[15] and the following year he was attached to the Foreign Department of the Indian Government.[16]

In September 1886 Evans Gordon accompanied the Foreign Secretary of the Indian Government (Sir Mortimer Durand) up the military road being built through the Khyber Pass by Colonel Robert Warburton, to the new fort at Landi Kotal.[17] The Durand Line remains the international boundary between Afghanistan and modern-day Pakistan.

On 15 July 1887 William Evans Gordon was promoted Captain in the Indian Staff Corps, as Assistant Secretary at the Foreign Department from 1888-92.[18][10] As political officer in 1888 he was prominently connected with negotiations for the surrender of Ghazi Ayub Khan, who eight years before had defeated a British army at the Battle of Maiwand during the Second Anglo-Afghan War and had laid siege to Khandahar. He sought refuge in Persia, where he entered into negotiations with Sir Mortimer Durand, now ambassador at Teheran. Evans-Gordon took charge of him on his arrival in India and escorted him and his entourage from Karachi to Rawalpindi.[10]

Taglang La, a mountain pass in Ladakh where Evans-Gordon was Joint Commissioner.

He was appointed Joint-Commissioner in Ladakh in 1889 (where he was described as "an energetic and able officer"),[19] and Assistant Resident in the recently annexed Jammu and Kashmir in November 1890, ruled by Maharaja Pratap Singh. During his Indian furloughs he travelled in many parts of the East, and penetrated some distance into Tibet in 1891. He accomplished a remarkable ride on horseback from Leh to Srinagar, 250 miles, in 33 hours; crossed three passes of the Himalayas at around 13,500 ft.; covered the distance, 152 miles, in 37 hours[20]

He was political officer in attendance on the Maharaja of Baroda, Sayajirao Gaekwad III[n 4] when he travelled to Europe in 1894.[21] In March 1895 he was appointed Officiating Political Resident in Jhalawar State (a subdivision of the Rajputana Agency during the British Raj) Evans-Gordon was promoted Major on 15 July 1896.

In 1896 he was also connected with the deposition of the Maharaja of Jhalawar, Rana Zalim Singh, for which he was criticized in Parliament, though the Secretary of State asserted that the Political Agent had acted with "discretion and tolerance".[22]

He retired on pension on 13 May 1897.[10][23][21] on 17 February 1900 he was awarded the Legion of Honour, Reserve of Offs., 4th Class.[10]

The Times of India Illustrated Weekly of 5 September 1906 reported that in Kashmir, at Ladakh, and in attendance on the Gaekwar in Europe, he "won the trust and esteem of all the chiefs and magistrates with whom he was brought into relation."[24]

Laxmi Vilas Palace, Vadodara, built in 1890 by the Maharaja of Baroda, Sayajirao Gaekwad III. William Evans-Gordon accompanied the Maharaja on a tour of Europe in 1894.

Political career in Britain

Photo of Wiliam Evans-Gordon outside the House of Commons, National Portrait Gallery, CC 3. 0 licence.

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Conditions in a slum in Bethnal Green, Stepney

The Stepney constituency, one of the poorest districts of London, saw in a rise in immigration during the late 19th century and early 20th century, partially as a result of the Anti-Jewish pogroms in the Russian Empire[25] As far back as 1889 a House of Commons Committee had concluded that there was an increase in pauperism in the East End of London due to the crowding out of English labour in foreign immigrants.

The 6th Earl of Hardwicke, by 'Spy' (Leslie Ward), from Vanity Fair. Caption reads "Tommy Dodd".[n 5]

In July 1894 Lord Rosebery proposed a Bill in the House of Lords designed to reform the current legislation on aliens, although it was withdrawn in August 1894 after its second reading.[26] Restrictionism came to be a notable canvassing topic in the 1892 and 1895 General Elections,;[27] and the recently-succeeded Earl of Hardwicke proposed a similar Aliens Bill in 1898. In 1898, a year after William Evans-Gordon left the Army, a by-election was held in Stepney after the sudden death of the standing Tory MP Frederick W. Isaacson.[n 6] Evans-Gordon stood as the Conservative candidate, but lost to the Liberal journalist W. C. Steadman by 20 votes.[28]

MP for Stepney

Evans-Gordon was elected as MP for Stepney on an anti-alien platform in the 1900 general election and held the seat until 1907.[29] Along with the somewhat older Howard Vincent, he was among the first MPs to arouse public opposition to immigration.[30] Although the growing sense of anti-alien feeling found expression in certain localised quarters of the franchised electorate,[31] the primary issues in the 1900 poll were a desire to end the Second Boer War (hence the nickname), and the vexed question of Home rule for Ireland.[32][33]

After his election William Evans-Gordon became the brains and driving force behind the British Brothers League (BBL) - an anti-alien pressure group formed in Stepney in May 1901 - although he took care to front the League with one William Stanley Shaw, an unimportant City clerk who was its first president.[34][35][36] Howard Vincent (MP for Sheffield Central since 1885) and several East End Conservative MPs - Murray Guthrie, Spencer Charrington and Thomas Dewar - became members of the League.

Notice of a demonstration organised by the British Brothers League

Evans-Gordon became known as one of the most vocal critics of aliens at the time, commenting that 'a storm is brewing which, if it is allowed to burst, will have deplorable results'.[25][37] Once elected he continued his theme of anti-immigrant rhetoric, claiming in 1902 that 'not a day passes but English families are ruthlessly turned out to make room for foreign invaders. The rates are burdened with the education of thousands of foreign children.'[38]

Evans-Gordon and the BBL were instrumental in setting up a Royal Commission on immigration of which he was a member.[39][n 7]

Over a two-month period Evans-Gordon travelled extensively in Eastern Europe, finding out at first hand about the highly restrictive conditions imposed on Jews in the Pale of Settlement and in Rumania[41][n 8] His book (with map) about his fact-finding mission, The Alien Immigrant (Evans-Gordon 1903) is an even-handed account of his research. In the first chapter, it highlights the apparent concern of the British Board of Deputies for (and sometimes antipathy towards) the refugees from foreign shores.[42] Although it contains some gratuitous low-level antisemitism,[43] the book in general disinterestedly records the situation of the Jews, at one point favourably comparing conditions of the poor of Libau to the "horrors of the East End."[44] On the other hand, the conditions of hand-loom workers in Łódź moved him to this description:

The industry is carried on under appalling conditions. I shall never forget the places in which I saw this work being done. It would need the pen of a Zola to describe them. Three or four looms were crammed into one room with as many families. I have never, even in Vilna or the East of London, seen human beings condemned to live in such surroundings. They had the appearance of half-starved consumptives.[45]

The last chapter contains examples of other unwelcome aliens, such as organised gangs of German robbers.[n 9] The book was dedicated "To my friend Edward Steinkopff",[n 10] who bought the deep blue St. James's Gazette in 1886.[n 11] The St. James Gazette under its new owner may have been connected with the start of a new Anti-Alienism movement in the press in 1886.[48]

The book was used in the evidence that he presented to the Aliens Commission in its inquiries. This eventually resulted in the Aliens Act 1905 which placed restrictions on Eastern European immigration,[25] although discussion of the Bill in Parliament provoked considerable opposition. Winston Churchill was MP for Manchester North West, where one third of his constituents were Jewish. Like his father Lord Randolph Churchill, Churchill bucked the trend of widespread antisemitism in the British upper classes, and actively opposed the Aliens Bill.[49] In an open letter to Nathan Laski[50] (a prominent member of the Jewish community in his constituency and father of Harold Laski), Churchill quoted a speech by Lord Rothschild, a Liberal supporter and member of the Aliens Commission:

"The Bill introduced into the House of Commons proposes to establish in this country a loathsome system of police interference and espionage, of passports and arbitrary power exercised by police officers who in all probability will not understand the language of those upon whom they are called to sit in judgement. This is all contrary to the recommendations proposed by the Royal Commission. [...] The whole bill looks like an attempt on the part of the Government to gratify a small but noisy section of their own supporters and to purchase a little popularity in the constituencies by dealing harshly with a number of unfortunate aliens who have no votes."[51]

A committed Zionist, Churchill crossed the floor of the House of Commons on the day the letter appeared.[n 12]

Despite the repeated denials of Arnold White and Evans-Gordon, anti-semitism was a central element of the campaign for the Aliens Bill 1900-1905.[52][53][35] The indigent refugees from Russia, Rumania and Poland had further defenders in Parliament, such as Sir Charles Trevelyan, 3rd Baronet, Liberal MP for Elland who - speaking against the Aliens Bill in 1904 - said:

Sir Charles Trevelyan, Liberal MP for Elland

"Among many people already — not many in this House, but many people outside of it — there is a frankly anti-Semitic movement, and I deplore it. I believe this is an evil step in the same direction as the Governments of Russia and Rumania have been going. It may be that it is not intended, but the action of many Members of this House has been calculated to excite the feeling which we know to exist in part of our population, and with the case of the persecution of Dreyfus reverberating through the West of Europe there is no use saying that there is no danger of this kind in our own country. I think it is a fortunate thing that we have been peculiarly free from any anti-Semitic movement in England, and we have not lost by it. We have had statesmen, manufacturers, merchants, and the like who themselves, or their predecessors, came to this country as aliens exactly as do those people you now wish to exclude. It seems to me a useless and short-sighted, and at this moment very largely an inhuman policy, to keep out those who may, after all, be like those of whom I have just spoken."[54]

In his 1905 election address, Evans-Gordon laid stress on the recently passed Aliens Act, which he had been greatly instrumental in carrying. He proceeds to explain his position with regard to the Jews.

"It has been falsely asserted that the Aliens Act is aimed against the Jewish people, and that I have been actuated by anti-Semitism. I will not stoop to repudiate such charges. No man views with greater horror and indignation than I the recent barbarous and indescribable massacres of Jews in Russia. But in expressing my deep sympathy with the victims of this most terrible persecution I am bound to repeat my conviction that the solution of the Jewish problem in Eastern Europe will not and cannot be found in the transference of thousands of poverty-stricken and helpless aliens to the most crowded quarters and overstocked markets of our greatest cities. It will be found in the statesmanlike scheme of the Jewish Territorialist Organization for the inauguration of which we are indebted to the genius and patriotism of Mr. Israel Zangwill." [55]

Vincent and Evans-Gordon successfully "stampeded their party into introducing laws to keep the foreigner out."[56] Although a section of the Conservative party had managed to persuade the Commons to pass anti-Jewish legislation, after only six months the Liberals had a landslide election victory in 1906. Although the Aliens Act was not repealed by the incoming Liberal government, the law was not strictly enforced.[35] Evans Gordon held on to his seat amid the general Tory defeat, and continued to campaign for further anti-immigration legislation. In his successful bid for re-election in 1906, he spoke against the Sinti (German Gypsies) who were trying to settle in England;[57] and, borrowing the slogan of the BBL, he campaigned with the slogan 'England for the English and Major Gordon for Stepney'.[58]

Despite this, Evans Gordon's anti-Semitism has been questioned as he was a supporter of Zionism and kept up regular correspondence with Chaim Weizmann who would later write of him:

I think our people were rather hard on him. The Aliens Bill in England and the movement which grew around it were natural phenomenon which might have been foreseen...Sir William Evans-Gordon had no particular anti-Jewish prejudices...he was sincerely ready to encourage any settlement of Jews almost anywhere in the British Empire but he failed to see why the ghettoes of London or Leeds should be made into a branch of the ghettoes of Warsaw and Pinsk [...] Sir William Evans-Gordon gave me some insight into the psychology of the settled citizen. [59]

Evans-Gordon received a knighthood in 1905.[60]

Other parliamentary business

Pilotage Bill 1903

Evans-Gordon was one of the sponsors of the Pilotage Bill 1903, which dealt with Pilotage Certificates.[n 13] Although the bill was read a second time in May 1906, it was withdrawn.[61]

Anglo-French Festival 1905

During the Anglo-French Festival 1904 to celebrate the Entente Cordiale, Evans-Gordon apparently proposed an unprecedented multiple joint gathering in Westminster Hall, London, in August.[62]


On 1 May 1907 William Evans Gordon resigned from the Commons and retired from politics. See List of Stewards of the Chiltern Hundreds.

He died suddenly on 31 October 1913(1913-10-31) (aged 56) at his home at 4 Chelsea Embankment, London.[1] A notice of his memorial service appeared in The Times[63]

He was the owner of a 24 hp Thornycroft Phaeton, delivered on 1 June 1906.[64][65]

Clubs: Carlton, Boodle's, Naval & Military, Orleans.

Family life

In 1892 Captain William Evans Gordon married Julia Charlotte Sophia Stewart (b. 21 June 1846) (Julia, Marchioness of Tweeddale),[66] daughter of Lt.-Colonel Keith William Stewart Mackenzie (9 May 1818 - ? June 1881)[n 14] and of Hannah Charlotte Hope Vere.[n 15]

Julia was previously twice married: firstly (as his second wife, on 8 October 1873) to the Right Hon. Arthur Hay, 9th Marquess of Tweeddale, d. 1878; without issue.[68] Secondly, in 1887 she married (as his second wife), the Right Hon. Sir John Rose, 1st Baronet, GCMG, of Queensgate, London, who died in 1888; without issue. Her third marriage to William Evans Gordon was also without issue.[69]

Julia was the sister of James Stewart-Mackenzie, 1st Baron Seaforth, who married the daughter of Edward Steinkopff, owner of the St James's Gazette and dedicatee of Evans-Gordon's The Alien Immigrant.


Family tree

Major-General Charles Spalding Evans-Gordon (1813-1901)
William Evans Gordon's father.[n 16] Brief Army career: Ensign 76th Regiment Oct 1832; Lieut. 1836?; Capt. Dec 1842; Major 1854; exchanged to 23rd Foot Lt-Col. 1 April 1860.[70]
He served in the 76th Regiment (from 1832 - 1854 (Major) - 1860) which was on general overseas service, arriving in Malta in May 1851[71] and was then stationed in Dublin, where he was Town Major from September 1864.[72] In 1871 he was Commandant and Governor of the Royal Victoria Military Hospital Netley, the largest military hospital in its day with 138 wards housing about one thousand beds.[73][74]
His crest was a demi-savage holding in his right hand an ear of wheat proper with the Latin motto Tam pace quam praelio (As much peace as battle).[75] He lived in later life at Preston Cottage, Ightham, Sevenoaks, Kent.[75]
Charles S. S. Evans Gordon married firstly Catherine (Kate) Rose, on 14 July 1841.[3][n 17] They had had seven children, see below. Catherine Evans Gordon died in 1858, "abroad" - possibly in Dublin, where Charles was stationed as a captain, or as Town Major. Charles Evans Gordon married secondly, on 28 June 1866, Anne Dunville (Jr.) (c1840 - 31 July 1891),[77] apparently using Samuel as his first name.[78] Anne Dunville's family owned Dunville & Co, whiskey distillers of N. Ireland.[79]
Children of Charles S. S. Evans Gordon and Catherine Rose
May Sartoris, who married Henry Evans Gordon. Portrait c1870 by Frederic Leighton
Some of these dates, especially those shown with only a year, may be incorrect.[80]
  1. Henry Evans Gordon (1842-1909) Member of London Stock Exchange. Married May Sartoris, see Pamela Stanley.§ For their children, see "Kemble family tree". Retrieved 28 April 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Frances Catherine Evans Gordon 1844-1917
  3. Major Alexander Evans Gordon, BSC (b.30 July 1845) Brief Army career: Ensign 1865 12th Foot (Suffolks); Lieut 1869; Capt 1877; Major 1885[81][82] In 1881 he married Helen Frances Garth, the daughter of the Chief Justice of Bengal, Sir Richard Garth. Their children:
    1. Col. Kenmure Alick Garth Evans-Gordon (b.1885). Indian Army (Central India Horse) and political agent;[n 18]; Marjorie; Madeline; Jean; and Joan Evans-Gordon.[85]
  4. George Grant Evans Gordon (b.12 March 1847) A partner in § Gladstone Wyllie & Co., Calcutta.[82]
  5. Jessica Evans Gordon (1852–1887) In 1875 she married Tommy Bowles (who founded Vanity Fair and is thus the cause of the 'Spy' cartoon which greeted you); she had her picture or sketch done by James Tissot.[86]
    1. Jessica & Tommy Bowles's daughter Sydney Bowles married David Freeman-Mitford, 2nd Baron Redesdale; they were the parents of the Mitford sisters, and particularly Diana Mitford (1910 – 2002) (William's great-niece), who married Sir Oswald Mosley (1896–1980)
  6. Lt.-Col. ("General") Charles Evans Gordon (28 June 1855 - 3 September 1922), CO 49th Foot (Royal Berks, 49th-66th), hon. Maj-General in army of Gaekwad of Baroda.[87] Brief Army career: 2nd Lieu Dec 1868 49th Foot, Capt. April 1861, Major 1889, Lt-Col Jan 1899, CO 49th Foot (Royal Berks, 49th-66th) Egyptian Campaign (Deputy-Asst.-Commissary-General) 1882, Sudan 1885.[88] Although he ended his days in the British Army as a Lieutenant-Colonel, he was appointed general in the army of the fabulously rich Maharaja of Baroda, Sayajirao Gaekwad III. William Evans Gordon, Charles' younger brother, accompanied the Maharaja to Europe in 1894. Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Evans Gordon married Louisa Gordon Stirling (23 January 1872 - 8 December 1949) on 1 November 1913.[89]
  7. William Eden Evans Gordon (8 August 1857 - 31 October 1913)

Gladstone Wyllie & Co., Calcutta

Gladstone Wyllie & Co. was a trading firm of Calcutta Merchants, the parent company ran slaves on their sugar plantations in the W. Indies. The senior partner was Robertson Gladstone (15th Nov 1805 - 23rd Sep 1875), brother of the Prime Minister WE Gladstone.[90] He invested in railways in Britain; and traded in both West (sugar) and East Indies.[91] Gladstone Wyllie were the agents for John Lean & Sons, Scottish manufacturers of cotton & muslin textiles (and later rayon) until 1960. Connections between WE Gladstone and his brother Robertson Gladstone; William Evans-Gordon and his brother George; and ME Grant Duff (the son of James Duff (Captain in East India Co.'s Army, Resident of Satara). Under-Secretary of State for India (1868–74) and for the Colonies (1880–81) and Governor of Madras (1881-1883).

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Robertson Gladstone (brother of Prime Minister W.E. Gladstone), senior partner at Gladstone, Wyllie & Co.
W.E. Gladstone, photographed on 28 July 1884.

William Evans Gordon was Asst. ADC to M. E. Grant Duff, who was appointed Governor of Madras by his friend W. E. Gladstone, Liberal Prime Minister. Gladstone had an older brother, Robertson Gladstone, who was senior partner in Gladstone, Hay, Wyllie & Company, a Liverpool import/export firm of merchants and traders. The firm did very well out of the slave and sugar trade in the West Indies. Its Calcutta offices of Gladstone Wyllie & Co. did well out of shipping cotton to Scotland be woven and manufactured before being shipped back to India for sale. One of the partners in Calcutta was George Evans Gordon, William's brother. Is all.

Grant Duff was a friend of W. E. Gladstone, who was re-elected as Prime Minister in 1880; Duff was first appointed Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies, and then in June 1881 he was appointed Governor of Madras.[92][93][94]

W. E. Gladstone's older brother was Robertson Gladstone, the senior partner of Gladstone, Hay, Wyllie & Company, Liverpool merchants.[90] This firm had a branch in India (Gladstone Wyllie & Co., Calcutta) where one of William's older brothers - George Evans Gordon (b. 12 March 1847) - also happened to be a partner.[82]

Gladstone Wyllie of Calcutta were the main agents for John Lean & Sons, a Scottish firm which used imported raw cotton from India to manufacture muslin textiles, which were then exported back to India. Lean & Son later made rayon for export to India until 1960.[95] Robertson Gladstone also had considerable mercantile interests in the West Indies importing sugar to Liverpool from his own plantations in the West Indies and Mauritius; he was furthermore a partner in Heywood's Bank, Liverpool. He invested in a number of railways in Britain and was Deputy Chairman of the Grand Junction Railway. The Return of Owners of Land of 1872 states that he owned 142 acres worth £2478 p.a. Some of this was probably urban property in Liverpool, which he was known to have owned (quoted Source: Rubinstein 1875/52). He was also Mayor of Liverpool, and left £120,000 at his death.[95]

Thus are George and William Evans Gordon connected in India with M. E. Grant Duff; and with William and Robertson Gladstone in England.

To hyphenate or not?

William Evans-Gordon's father, an hon. Major-General, was born Charles Samuel Spalding Evans, and changed his name to Evans-Gordon (after his maternal grandmother Jean née Gordon) in 1846,[3][96][97] although he was often referred to and addressed as Charles Evans Gordon (or - confusingly - Samuel Evans Gordon after he remarried in 1866.[77] In the Army Lists, his name appears as e.g., 'Gordon, Major Charles S. S. Evans', and his sons mostly likewise. Certainly in earlier life, William Evans Gordonwas generally unhyphenatedly referred to as e.g., 'Major Evans Gordon'. He seems to have hyphenated his name from c1898 on his return from India. In literary references to him (except his own book, which was 'By Major W. Evans-Gordon, M. P.'); in Army Lists (although he appears as 'William Eden Evans-Gordon' at Sandhurst in 1876); in Hansard parliamentary reports (although in the Liberal Year Book 1905[28] he is Evans-Gordon, and a photograph of him in front of the gates of the House of Commons in 1901 (Nat Port Gall) is signed 'W. Evans-Gordon, Stepney, 1901'

Nevertheless, his entry under 'G' in Who's Who 1914 reads 'GORDON, Major Sir William Eden Evans, Kt, immediately followed by GORDON-CUMMINGS. Therefore, he is generally referred to in this article by the name he used at the time, i.e., Evans Gordon in India, and Evans-Gordon in England.


  1. See § To hyphenate or not? below
  2. The British Raj was an essentially military operation, needing a sizeable administrative staff. The Madras SC was a branch of the Indian Staff Corps, itself a department of the Foreign Department of the Indian Government.
  3. The regiment's CO was the ex officio British Political Officer for a number of small states previously administered by Gwalior Residency.
  4. The barely-audible pronunciation of the final 'd' in 'Gaekwad' was lost on the tone-deaf Britishers, who called the rulers of Baroda the 'Gaekwar'.
  5. NB may belong somewhere else... The term "Tommy Dodd" (used by Hardwicke's close friends) is variously defined as:
    • Hotten's Slang Dictionary; "Tommy Dodd," a game of or pitch and toss. For cheating the unwary at this game, a "Gray" is often used, a halfpenny, with either two "heads" or two "tails"—both sides alike. They are often "rung in" with a victim’s own money[182], so that the caller of "heads" or "tails" cannot lose. Thus if A has to call, he or a confederate manages to mix the selected Grays with B’s tossing halfpence. There are various and almost obvious uses for Grays.
    • Tommy Dodd, Brewers' Dictionary; The "odd" man who, in tossing up as above, either wins or loses according to agreement with his confederate. There is a music-hall song so called, in which Tommy Dodd is the "knowing one."
    • A(nother?) rendition of a song "Tommy Dodd" The Saturday Evening Mail, Vol. 3, #23, 7 December 1872;
    • 19th-century Cockney rhyming slang for 'sod' or sodomite. Slang pages
    • Memories and Base Details by Lady Angela Forbes, p. 65
    • Anecdote about Hardwicke's hunting alter ego from Badminton magazine
  6. "Other London Conservatives were self-made entrepreneurs, such as the Stepney MP F. W. Isaaacson (Con.), who had made his fortune in the silk and coal trades [...] the cost and all-consuming demands of metropolitan representation could be prohibitive to all but the wealthiest candidates." The Newington West Liberal MP noted "the great difficulty in obtaining suitable candidates for London constituencies, owing to the perpetual tax upon their time and pockets." (Windscheffel 2007, p. 112).
  7. "Now know ye, that We, reposing great trust and confidence in your knowledge and ability, have authorized and appointed, and do by these presents authorize and appoint, you the said Henry, Baron James of Hereford; Nathaniel Mayer, Baron Rothschild; Alfred Lyttelton; Sir Kenelm Edward Digby; William Eden Evans-Gordon; Henry Norman [who uncovered the truth on the Alfred Dreyfus affair]; and William Vallance [clerk to the Whitechapel Board of Guardians][40] to be Our Commissioners for the purposes of the said inquiry." London Gazette, date pls?
  8. (Evans-Gordon 1903, pp. 48ff). His itinerary took him to St Petersburg in Russia; Dvinsk, Riga, Liepāja (Libau), Vilnius and Pinsk in Latvia; Warsaw, Łódź and Kraków in Poland; Galicia (which belonged to Austria); Bucharest, Galați (Galatz) and Lemberg in Rumania; and Berlin and boat from Hamburg.
  9. Another book published in 1903 amid a growing general anti-German feeling was the spy novel The Riddle of the Sands, by Erskine Childers. (Monaghan 2013, p. 27)
  10. Steinkopff made a considerable fortune (in excess of £1,500,000 in 1897 from the sale of the Apollinaris mineral water company to the hotelier Frederick Gordon.[46] Steinkopff founded Apollinaris after a suggestion by Ernest Hart - editor of the British Medical Journal - to George Murray Smith of Smith, Elder & Co. previous owner of the Pall Mall Gazette(out of which the St. James's Gazette was created.)[47] Frederick Gordon was possibly no relation to William Evans-Gordon.
  11. The suddenly Liberal Pall Mall Gazette (whose former owner George Smith was in business with Steinkopff, owner of the St James's Gazette), was previously owned and funded by Henry Hucks Gibbs (later Baron Aldenham) of Gibbs, Bright and Co. of Bristol and Liverpool. This firm of slave-traders and owners of sugar plantations in the West Indies cannot possibly have been unknown to William Evans-Gordon's brother George, a partner in § Gladstone, Wyllie & Co. of Calcutta, whose parent company in Liverpool was engaged in the very same trade.
  12. For more details of this period see WinstonChurchill.org and Hyam, Ronald (1968). Elgin and Churchill at the Colonial Office 1905–1908. London and New York: Macmillan (UK) and St. Martin's Press (US).<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. "Boatmen's Association.
    News and Notes.
    By Julius.
    We are pleased to be in a position to state that, persistent rumours to the contrary notwithstanding, Major Evans Gordon still retains his generous interest in our case, and it is very probable that by the time these notes appear the question will have again been raised in Parliament.Customs Journal, 29 May 1905, No. 30.
  14. Julia's father, Keith Mackenzie was a lieutenant in the 90th Regiment; subsequently Major and CO, Ross-shire Highland Rifle Volunteers (1st Volunteer Bn. Seaforth Highlanders).[67]
  15. Hannah was the daughter of James Joseph Hope Vere, MP, of Craigie Hall and Blackwood, Midlothian (and grandson of Charles Hope-Weir), and of Lady Elizabeth Hay, daughter of the 7th Marquess of Tweeddale.
  16. His full name was 'Charles Samuel Spalding Evans Gordon'. (Skelton & Bulloch 1912, p. 394). In Army Lists he appears as Charles S. S. Evans Gordon; he appears to have not used Samuel until he re-married in 1866; in a legal document he is named as 'Samuel Charles Spalding Evans Gordon'. See below.
  17. Catherine Rose's sister, Robina Shaw Rose (b. 15 October 1815) married George Grant, partner of Sir John Gladstone, 1st Baronet. (Scott 1926, pp. 462–3). Gladstone and Grant dispatched the Kingsmill, the very first ship to sail from Liverpool to India after the East India Company's monopoly was broken. (Baines 1852, pp. 553, 569). In other words, George Grant was William Evans Gordon's uncle, and William's brother George E-G was a partner in Gladstone Wyllie, the firm of Robertson Gladstone, Sir John Gladstone's son and brother of W. E. Gladstone. See #Gladstone Wyllie & Co., Calcutta. George Grant lived in Rose Mount (Earlston House), Wallasey.[76]
  18. He was in the English camp at the 1911 Delhi Durbar.[83] Kenmure m.1916 Irene Macmahon, the 2nd da. of Lt.-Col. Sir Arthur Henry McMahon. Henry McMahon was political agent at Thaij Chotiali 1892, and of Zhob 1893, when he accompanied the Durand Mission to Kabul (and thus probably knew Kenmure's uncle William Evans-Gordon, who was connected with the same mission - see above); British commissioner for demarcation of Afghan-Balochistan boundary 1894-6 ; political agent at Gilgit 1897- 99, and for Dir. Irene's mother was Mary Evelyn, dau. of Francis Christopher Bland of Derryquin Castle, Co. Kerry.§[84]
  1. 1.0 1.1 The Times, 3 Nov 1913 p. 11d
  2. Find-a-Grave profile
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Skelton & Bulloch 1912, p. 394.
  4. "Catherine Rose, 23 Jul 1815, in 'Alexander Rose'". Scotland, Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950 (index). FHL microfilm 990,667, 990,668, 990,669. FamilySearch. Retrieved 4 April 2015.CS1 maint: others (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Scott 1926, pp. 462-3.
  6. Rose 1835, p. 3.
  7. He may possibly have lived in Dublin, where his father was Town Major from 1864, and where his father re-married in 1866.
  8. Cheltenham College Register 1841-1889, p. 277, pdf p. 319
  9. Hart, H. G (ed.) The New Annual Army List, Militia List, and Indian Civil Service List, 1877, p. 112. London: John Murray. NB His name here is hyphenated...
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 10.6 10.7 Skelton & Bulloch 1912, p. 395.
  11. The New Annual Army List, Militia List, and Indian Civil Service List, 1880. London: John Murray, p. 502
  12. The New Annual Army List, Militia List, and Indian Civil Service List, 1883. London: John Murray, p. 497 (pdf p. 481).
  13. See, for example, Ballard 1996, pp. 406–415, and Yate 1888.
  14. Photographs taken 1885-7 during the desert journeys of the Commission."Collections - Afghan Boundary Commission 1885-1887". Phototheca Afghanica. Foundation Bibliotheca Afghanica. 2013. Retrieved 4 April 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  15. The New Annual Army List, Militia List, and Indian Civil Service List, 1885. London: John Murray, p. 497 (pdf p. 501).
  16. The New Annual Army List, Militia List, and Indian Civil Service List, 1886. London: John Murray, p. 497 (pdf p. 505)
  17. Warburton 1900, p. 165 See also photograph of Landi Kotal, p. 184.
  18. Fox-Davies 1905, p. 450.
  19. "The present Joint-Commissioner in Ladakh is Captain Evans Gordon, an energetic and able officer, as are most of those appointed by the Indian Government to this unsettled and peculiarly-situated State. He had not yet arrived at Leh, as his presence had been required at Srinagar; so we were unfortunate in not meeting him here." (Knight 1893, p. 179)
  20. The Times, 11 November 1891, cited in Skelton & Bulloch 1912, p. 395
  21. 21.0 21.1 India List 1905, p. 489.
  22. Commons Sitting, 21 July 1896 HC Deb 21 July 1896 vol 43 cc277-92
  23. "Indian Service Gossip". The Colonies and India. London: 13. 12 June 1897.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  24. Hansard - Parliamentary Debates, vol. 43, 277-92.
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 "Leaving the Homeland". Moving Here. The National Archives (UK). Archived from the original on 3 November 2013. Retrieved 23 April 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  26. Monaghan 2013, pp. 20-21.
  27. Cesarani 1993, p. 29.
  28. 28.0 28.1 Liberal Year Book 1905, pp. 302-3.
  29. Dod's peerage, baronetage and knightage of Great Britain and Ireland for 1908
  30. Foot 1965, pp. 87-89.
  31. Some women first got the vote in 1918, and only in 1928 were all females over 21 enfranchised.
  32. Cesarani 1993, pp. 29-30.
  33. Politics in 1901. 1901 Census. National Archives. Retrieved 30 April 2015.
  34. Bloom 2004, p. 163.
  35. 35.0 35.1 35.2 Field 1993, pp. 302-3.
  36. The BBL can be viewed as part of a wider effort of certain elements in the Conservative Party to build a base of popular support in the East End, thus driving a wedge between Liberal and labour.(Field 1993, pp. 302–3)
  37. D. Rosenberg, 'Immigration'
  38. 'Dispersing the Myths about Asylum' from the Socialist Review
  39. Harrison 1995.
  40. Stepney Board of Guardians. AIM25. Retrieved 20 April 2015.
  41. Evans-Gordon 1903, pp. 163-192.
  42. Evans-Gordon 1903, pp. 2-4.
  43. Evans-Gordon 1903, pp. 77, 157.
  44. Evans-Gordon 1903, p. 105.
  45. Evans-Gordon 1903, p. 145.
  46. Frederick Gordon at Stanmore Tourist Board.
  47. Dasent, Arthur Irwin. Piccadilly in three centuries, with some account of Berkeley square and the Haymarket, pp 255-6.
  48. This is mentioned in passing in Cesarani 1993, p. 29.
  49. Lyons, Justin D. (Winter 2009). Review. "Churchill and the Jews: A Lifelong Friendship by Martin Gilbert". Shofar. Purdue University Press. 27 (2): 174–176. JSTOR 42944469.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  50. "Mr. Churchill And The Aliens Bill". The Times. 31 May 1904. p. 10.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  51. The Times 31 May 1904.
  52. Bloom 2004, pp. 2-5.
  53. Johnson 2013, p. 2.
  54. HC Deb 25 April 1904 vol 133 cc1062-131
  55. The Standard (London), 27 December 1905, p. 6. The ITO came about through Zangwill's response to the Kishinev Pogrom.
  56. Foot 1965, p. 141.
  57. Clark 2001, p. 96.
  58. Monaghan 2013, p. vi.
  59. Weizmann 1949, pp. 90–92. See also Greenstein, Tony (March 1989). "Zionism and Anti-Semitism". Return. London.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  60. Whitehall, December 18, 1905. The KING was also pleased this day to confer the honour of Knighthood upon:— [...] Major William Eden Evans-Gordon, M.P., 4, Chelsea-embankment, S.W. The London Gazette, 19 December 1915
  61. See Hansard, Pilotage Bill
  62. Journal des débats, 14 August 1905, p. 1] (in French)
  63. The Times, 10 November 1913, p. 11b
  64. No 516 Mapplebeck Stuart & Co. 24 hp Phaeton, works #2441 delivered 1 June 1906 to Sir William Evans Gordon. Thornycroft vehicle register. Thornycroft. Hampshire County Council. Retrieved 8 March 2015
  65. Info on the Thornycroft 1905 24hp Phaeton with picture. Thornycroft cars 1905. Thornycroft. Hampshire County Council. Retrieved 8 March 2015
  66. Keith William Stewart at Geneall.net
  67. Grierson, James Moncrieff, Maj.-Gen. (1909). Records of the Scottish volunteer force, 1859-1908. Edinburgh, London: W. Blackwood and sons. p. 278.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> (with colour plates)
  68. Julia's mother was the daughter of the 7th Marquess. Source: Hannah Charlotte Hope-Vere at Geneall.net
  69. History of the Mackenzies by Alexander Mackenzie, 1894
  70. The Army List of 1869 gives him as "Charles Spalding S. Evans Gordon", Major, Town Major of Dublin. The New Annual Army List, and Militia List, 1869
  71. British Army Garrison in Malta Retrieved 8 June 2015
  72. Limerick Chronicle, 25? September 1864' (incomplete page image, date guessed)
  73. The Army List, 1877, p. 60] - Cha. S. S. Evans Gordon, unatt., Governor and Commandant of R. Victoria Hospital, Netley.
  74. Morrison, William (1974). "Glimpses of Army Life from Within" (PDF). Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps (120): 116–129 (page 125). doi:10.1136/jramc-120-02-07.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
    • NB This article also mentions another Colonel C. H. (or possibly Ch.) Gordon, who *may* be General Sir Charles Alexander Gordon, CB, MD, Hon Physician to Queen Victoria, author of Thirty-Nine Years in the Army, etc. (See e.g., Hathi Trust search.) An entry in the Cheltenham College Register 1841-1889, p. 262, pdf 304 reads: "Frederick Francis Gordon, b. 14 March 1857, son of Charles Alexander Gordon, CB, Deputy Inspector-General of Hospitals, Portsmouth." At any rate, he/they should not to be confused with Col. Charles S. S. Evans Gordon.
  75. 75.0 75.1 Fairbairn 1905, p. 191.
  76. Mansions of Wallasey. History of Wallasey. Retrieved 8 June 2015
  77. 77.0 77.1 William Dumvill (c1740-1793)
  78. Oath by Robert Grimshaw Dunville June 1871 (note order of forenames): "[...]my sister Anne Dunville Junior now the wife of Colonel Samuel Charles Spalding Evans Gordon ... of the City of Dublin[...]" Dumville Family sources
  79. Family gravestone in Holywood Priory Cemetery reads: In memory of/ Annie Evans Gordon/ whose remains rest in this ground/ wife of General Evans Gordon and/ daughter of John Dunville the younger/ died 31st of July 1891 aged 50 years.
  80. Source: Catharine Rose on Ancestry.com
  81. The Army List 1871, p. 434.
  82. 82.0 82.1 82.2 Cheltenham College Register 1841-1889, p. 179, pdf p. 221
  83. Camp 10. The Hon'ble Lt.-Col. Hugh Daly, C.S.I., C.I.E., LA; Mrs. Daly; Miss Daly; Lieut. K. A. G. Evans-Gordon. Coronation Durbar Delhi 1911. Calcutta: Superintendent Government Printing, p. 231
  84. Dod's Peerage, Baronetage, Knightage, etc., Part II, page 539.
  85. Descendants of William the Conqueror
  86. Cite Web Frederick Gustavus Burnaby
  87. "...General Evans Gordon, who is in command of the Gaekwar's army. The General is an elder brother of my old friend Sir William Evans Gordon..." (Weeden 1911, pp. 12, 42–43) This "General" appears to be Charles Evans Gordon, apparently a General only in the Gaekwad's army, and not in the British Army, where he was a Lt-Colonel. Charles seems to disappear from the Army List from 1901 onwards, and the date of this source is 1911. He had been in the Army for 32 years. His brother, William, was in Baroda in the 1890s.
  88. The Army List, 1900, pp. 310, 311-312 (pdf 301).
  89. MacGregor 2014.
  90. 90.0 90.1 "Gladstone, Hay, Wyllie & Company". Legacies of British Slave-ownership. Department of History, UCL. 2015. Retrieved 3 April 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  91. Gladstone was a "West Indies merchant and sugar importer in Liverpool, plantation owner in the West Indies and Mauritius. Also a partner in Heywood's Bank, Liverpool, and Deputy Chairman of the Grand Junction Railway. "Merchant" (1851, 1861, and 1871 Censuses). An elder brother of the Prime Minister. The Return of Owners of Land of 1872 states that he owned 142 acres worth £2478 p.a. Some of this is probably urban property in Liverpool, which he is known to have owned. Left £120,000 at his death." Source: Rubinstein 1875/52. He was also Mayor of Liverpool. "Robertson Gladstone". Legacies of British Slave-ownership. Department of History, UCL. 2015. Retrieved 3 April 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  96. Index to Name Changes, p. 109. His brother, Henry Andrew Grant Evans (22nd Regt.) changed his name to Cookson.
  97. The Name of Gordon, p. 26.

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