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Scottish Mandarin: The Life and Times of Sir Reginald Johnston

Shiona Airlie


Colonial administrator, writer, explorer, Buddhist, and friend to China's last emperor, Sir Reginald Johnston (1874–1938) was a distinguished sinologist with a tangled love and family life that he kept secret even from his closest friends. Born and educated in Edinburgh, he began his career in the colony of Hong Kong and eventually became Commissioner of the remote British leased territory of Weihai in northern China. He travelled widely and, during a break from colonial service, served as tutor and advisor to Puyi, the deposed emperor. As the only foreigner allowed to work in the Forbidden Ci ... More

Keywords: Sir Reginald Johnston, Puyi, Weihai, China, Scotland, Britain, Imperial tutor, Forbidden City

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9789888139569
Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888139569.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Shiona Airlie, author