John Loader Maffey, 1st Baron Rugby(1877-1969), Colonial administrator
Sitter in 11 portraits
Educated at Rugby School, Maffey entered the Indian Civil Service in 1899. There his career took him to the North West Frontier Province where he earned the description of 'a sort of honorary Pathan'. He became Chief Commissioner of the Province in 1921, but he resigned three years later when his advice against military occupation was ignored. In 1926 he became Governor-General of the Sudan, followed in 1933, by appointment as Permanent Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies. At Churchill's request he became the first United Kingdom representative to Eire in 1939, a post he held throughout the war years and until his retirement in 1949.