British Commonwealth of Nations: New Canadian Satrap

The rise of Freeman Freeman-Thomas has been consistent, orthodox, British. His commoner father, Frederick Freeman-Thomas ("descendant of an old Sussex family"), married the daughter of Viscount Hampden. Young Freeman, assigned as A.D.C. to Baron Brassey, Governor of Victoria, married his daughter. Ten years sufficed him to reach the Junior Lordship of the Treasury at 39 (1905). Eight years later he was Governor of Bombay and Baron of Ratton. Eleven more years and he retired as Governor of Madras and was created Viscount Willingdon (1924).


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