MACARTNEY, George. Nanjing 19.1.1867 — Jersey 19.5.1945. British Diplomat in Central Asia. Son of Halliday Macartney (1833-1905, Scots officer) and a Chinese princess, born in China. From 1877 in London. Studies in France. In 1887 went to India, working as Chinese interpreter. In 1890-1918 he lived in Kashgar, first in a difficult position without official status. From 1908 British consul, 1910-18 consul general. Retiring in 1918 he made an official visit to Tashkent and then came over the Pamirs to India. In retirement lived in Jersey. C.I.E. 1900, K.C.I.E. 1913. Married in 1898 Catherina Theodora Borland, one daughter and two sons. While in Kashgar he collected a number of manuscripts and sent them to Calcutta.
Publications: Apparently wrote nothing. His wife published her memoirs: An English Lady in Chinese Turkestan. L. 1931.
Sources: Who Was Who; F. M. Bailey, D.N.B. 1941–1950, 546; *Cl. Skrine & P. Nightingale, Macartney at Kashgar: New Light on British, Chinese and Russian Activities in Sinkiang, 1890-1918. L. 1973; Wikipedia; photo in S. N. Pandita, Aurel Stein in Kashmir. N.D. 2004.
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