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Alexander Johnston (1775–1849)

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Alexander Johnston
3rd Chief Justice of Ceylon
In office
6 November 1811 – 1820
Preceded by William Coke
As Acting
Succeeded by Ambrose Hardinge Giffard
Acting Chief Justice of Ceylon
In office
3 April 1806 – 5 April 1807
Preceded by Codrington Edmund Carrington
Succeeded by Edmund Henry Lushington
As Acting
2nd Advocate Fiscal of Ceylon
In office
7 August 1802 – 1806
Preceded by James Dunkin
Succeeded by James Dunkin
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Born (1775-04-25)April 25, 1775
Carnsalloch, Dumfriesshire, Scotland
Died March 6, 1849(1849-03-06) (aged 73)
London, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Occupation British Privy Councilor, Founder and Vice President of the Royal Asiatic Society, lawyer, colonial official

Sir Alexander Johnston, PC, FRS (25 April 1775 – 6 March 1849), was a British colonial official who served as 3rd Chief Justice of Ceylon and 2nd Advocate Fiscal of Ceylon.[1][2] Along with Henry Thomas Colebrooke and others he was a founding member o the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland.

Johnston was born in Carnsalloch, Dumfriesshire in Scotland to Samuel Johnston and Hester Napier, daughter of Francis Napier, 6th Lord Napier. Johnston moved with his family when his father obtained a posting in Madurai in the Madras Presidency in 1781.[3]

Johnston's family return to England in 1792 and then accepted a post as Advocate General in Celyon in 1799.

Johnston retired in 1817 and return to England in 1819.

He learned the Tamil, Telugu, and Hindustani languages.[4]

After retirement Johnston founded the Royal Asiatic Society died in London in 1849.

His son Alexander Robert Johnston was a colonial official in Mauritius and Hong Kong before going to England (and died in the United States in 1888).

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