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Robert Kotewall

Robert Kotewall Politician in British Hong Kong

Politician in British Hong Kong
Robert Kotewall
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Intro Politician in British Hong Kong
A.K.A. Robert Hormus Kotewall
Was Lawyer Politician Legislator
From Hong Kong
Type Law Politics
Gender male
Birth 1880
Death 1949, British Hong Kong, British Empire (aged 69 years)
University of Hong Kong
Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George  
honorary doctor of the University of Hong Kong  
Robert Kotewall
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Sir Robert Hormus Kotewall CMG (羅旭龢; 1880–1949) was a British Hong Kong businessman, civil servant and legislator.

Kotewall was the son of Hormusjee Rustomjee Kotewall, a Parsi from India. His ancestry included Chinese, Parsi (as his middle name of Hormus and surname of Kotewall suggests) and European forebears.

Early life

Kotewall was born in 1880. He was the son of Hormusjee Rustomjee Kotewall and Cheung A-cheung.


In 1913, Kotewall was named Clerk to the Magistracy and JP. By 1919, he was in trade as the manager of the Hong Kong Mercantile Company. In 1923, he was invited to join the Legislative Council as an unofficial member, a position he held until 1935. In 1936, he joined the Executive Council.

Personal life

Kotewall's wife was Edith (nee Lowcock) Kotewall (b. 1889). She was the daughter of George Lowcock and granddaughter of Henry Lowcock, an English businessman in Hong Kong. They had 9 children, including Phoebe (b.1911), Doris (b.1913), Bobbie (b.1916), Cicely (b.1919), L. Cyril (b.1922), Maisie Nora, and Esther.


Kotewall Road, in Mid-Levels, Hong Kong Island, and Sir Robert Kotewall Hall in the campus of St. Paul's Co-educational College, are named after him. His daughter, Dr. Bobbie Kotewall, a teacher, became the principal of St. Paul's Co-educational College.

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