YOUNGHUSBAND, Francis Edward. Murree, Rawalpindi dt. 31.5.1863 — Lytchett Minster, Dorset 31.7.1942. Sir. British Colonial Officer, Diplomate, Traveller, and Central Asian Scholar. In 1882-1909 in India and Asia. Son of Major-General John William Y. (1823–1907, in India 1840–70) and Clara Jane Shaw (sister of —> Robert Shaw). After Sandhurst, joined the 1st Dragoon Guards in 1882 and Indian Staff Corps 1889. In 1886 travelled in Manchuria and Chinese Central Asia, in 1889-90 in the Pamirs. From 1892 Political Agent in Hunza, in 1893-94 in Chitral, 1898 in Haraoti and Tonk, then Resident in Indore. As Commissioner to Tibet he headed the British military expedition to Lhasa in 1903-04. Retired as Lieutenant-Colonel, in 1921-37 living in Westerham, Kent. C.I.E., K.C.I.E. Married 1897 Helen Augusta Magniac, two children.
Publications: India and Tibet. A history of the relations which have subsisted between the two countries from the time of Warren Hastings to 1910; with particular account of the mission to Lhasa of 1904. 455 p. L. 1910.
– Kashmir. Painted by Major E. Molyneux. 238 p. 32 pl. L. 1924.
– Nine books explaining his rather curious religious ideas (pantheism with Gaia theory); also wrote on mountaineering.
Sources: Buckland, Dictionary; Wikipedia, long article with further details, references and photo.
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