Louis King (Biographical details)

Louis King (official; academic/intellectual; British; Male; 1886 - 1949)

Also known as

King, Louis Magrath


Consul and author of several works on China and Tibet. Son of Paul Henry King, Commissioner of Chinese Customs Service. Born at Jiujiang, China and educated at Chefoo School (Yantai) and Berkhamsted. King joined the British China Consular Service in 1905; stationed at Kangding (Tachienlu), Sichuan, from 1913-1915 and 1919-1922, and made several journeys on the Chinese-Tibetan frontier. Married Rinchen Lhamo, the author of 'We Tibetans' (Seeley Service & Co.: 1926). Retired from the Consular Service in 1924. Gave a collection of Tibetan objects to the Museum.
Publications include: 'China As It Really Is' (Evelyn Nash: 1912); 'China in Turmoil: Studies in Personality' (Heath Cranton: 1927); 'Cause and Effect in China' (Contemporary Review, 172: 1947); plus, the Historical Introduction to 'We Tibetans' by Rinchen Lhamo (Seeley Service & Co.: 1926), and 'By Tophet Flare' (Methuen: 1937), published in the USA as 'The Warden of the Marches: A Tale of Adventure on the Chinese Frontier of Tibet,' a semi-autobiographical novel based on his experiences at Tachienlu. (See also: Tim Chamberlain, 'Edge of Empires' in The British Museum Magazine, No.66, Spring/Summer 2010, pp50-52; Tim Chamberlain, 'Books of Change: A Western Family's Writings on China, 1855-1949' in The Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society China, Vol. 75, No. 1, 2013, pp55-76.)