Frederick Burrows

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Sir Frederick John Burrows GCSI, GCIE (3 July 1887 – 20 April 1973)[1] was a British politician who served as the last British Governor of Bengal during the British Raj in India. He was Governor of Bengal from 19 February 1946 to 14 August 1947.[2] He was against the partition of Bengal.[3] Burrows was a former Ross railway man and he was the president of the National Union of Railwaymen, the union representing railway workers in England.

Sir Adrian Carton de Wiart records: "He had endeared himself to the Burrah Sahibs of Calcutta (Kolkata) with one of his first speeches when, alluding to his modest beginning on the railway, he said, 'When you gentlemen were huntin' and shootin', I was shuntin' and hootin'. He seemed to me to be far more proud of having been a sergeant-major in the Grenadier Guards in the First World War than he was of being Governor of Bengal."[4]


  1. ^ Riddick, John F. (1998). Who was who in British India. Greenwood Press. pp. 56–57. ISBN 978-0-313-29232-3. Retrieved 4 February 2021.
  2. ^ "Welcome To The Rajbhavan, Kolkata". Archived from the original on 21 January 2005. Retrieved 15 July 2008.
  3. ^ Menon, V.P. (1957). The Transfer of Power in India. Princeton University Press. p. 354. OCLC 4352298.
  4. ^ Sir Adrian Carton de Wiart, Happy Odyssey, London: Jonathan Cape, 1950, p. 277.
Political offices
Preceded by Governor of Bengal
Succeeded by
Trade union offices
Preceded by
J. H. Potts
President of the National Union of Railwaymen
Succeeded by