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Evelyn Baring, 1st Baron Howick of Glendale

Evelyn Baring, 1st Baron Howick of Glendale

British diplomat
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Intro British diplomat
Countries United Kingdom
Occupations Politician Diplomat
Gender male
Birth 29 September 1903
Death 10 March 1973
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Biography

Evelyn Baring, 1st Baron Howick of Glendale KG GCMG KCVO (29 September 1903 – 10 March 1973), was Governor of Southern Rhodesia from 1942 to 1944, High Commissioner for Southern Africa from 1944 to 1951, and Governor of Kenya from 1952 to 1959. His governorship of Kenya was marked by the Mau Mau uprising.
Born to the wealthy Baring banking family and a younger son of The 1st Earl of Cromer, the first British ruler of Egypt, Baring was created 1st Baron Howick of Glendale in 1960 and a Knight of the Garter in 1972. He married, in 1935, Mary Cecil Grey, who was the daughter of The 5th Earl Grey. She inherited the 18th-century mansion Howick Hall from her father when he died in 1963, thus providing the name used for Baring's eventual peerage.

Mau Mau Rebellion

In June, 1957, Baring passed on to Alan Lennox-Boyd a secret memorandum written by Eric Griffiths-Jones, the attorney general of Kenya. The memorandum described the abuse of Mau Mau detainees. The paper alleges that Baring supplied a covering letter that asserted that inflicting "violent shock" was the only way of dealing with Mau Mau insurgents.

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