Hunter, William Wilson, Sir (1840 -1900)

Sir William Wilson Hunter was the son of Andrew Galloway Hunter, a Glasgow manufacturer from Denholm in Roxburghshire, and Isabella, daughter of William Wilson, woollen manufacturer of Hawick. He was educated at Glasgow Academy and Glasgow University where he graduated in 1860, spent the next year on the Continent, where he learned Sanskrit, and entered the Bengal Civil Service in 1861, coming top in the public examination. He married, 4 December 1863, Jessie, daughter of the Reverend Thomas Murray. His first appointment was that of Assistant Magistrate and Collector in the district of Birbhum in Lower Bengal. While there he collected materials for his first book The annals of rural Benghal which was published in 1868. He was appointed by Lord Mayo to organise the Statistical Survey of India 1869 1885, which he did with outstanding success, He was Under Secretary to the Government of India 1871, President of the Indian Education Commission 1882, a Member of the Viceroy's Legislative Council 1881 1887, and of the Indian Finance Committee, and Vice Chancellor of the University of Calcutta. He was made a Knight Commander of the Star of India in 1887, and an Honorary M.A. of Oxford University in 1889.

Seat / Residence(s): Oaken Holt, Oxfordshire

Huntington, Archer Milton (1870 -1955)

Archer Milton Huntington was the son of Arabella (née Duval) Huntington, and the stepson of railroad magnate and industrialist Collis P. Huntington.  He was married twice, firstly in 1895 to Helen Manchester Gates, the daughter of Rev. Isaac E. Gates and Ellen M.H. Gates (his stepfather's sister). Archer and Helen had no children and divorced in 1918.  In 1923 he married sculptor Anna Hyatt.  Huntington is primarily known for his scholarly works in the field of Hispanic Studies and for founding The Hispanic Society of America in New York City in 1904. In 1915, Huntington donated land adjacent to the Hispanic Society on which the American Academy of Arts and Letters built its permanent New York City home.  He was a great philanthropist and handed out large sums of money and endowments.

His cousin was Henry E. Huntington who founded the The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens at San Marino in California.

Stamp(s) Stamp Information
Hunter, William Wilson, Sir (1840 - 1900) (Stamp 1) Title: Hunter, William Wilson, Sir (1840 - 1900) (Stamp 1)
Crest: Two arms holding a bow and arrow, the string drawn, the arrow point upward
Dimensions (height x width): 14mm x 13mm
Heraldic Charges: arms (2), Heraldic Charges: bow and arrow