Lord Wilson of Tillyorn

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David Clive Wilson, Baron Wilson of Tillyorn, KT, GCMG (born 14 February 1935) was a British administrator, diplomat and Sinologist. Lord Wilson of Tillyorn was the second to last Commander-in-Chief and 27th Governor of Hong Kong (from 1987 to 1992).

Early life and career

Wilson was born in Scotland and was educated in Trinity College, Glenalmond, Keble College, Oxford, and the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London Ph.D. in contemporary history, 1955-1958). He studied the Chinese language from 1960 to 1962 in Hong Kong while he worked as the political advisor for Sir Robert Brown Black, the Governor of Hong Kong.

From 1977 to 1981, Wilson was a political adviser of Sir Murray MacLehose, the Governor of Hong Kong. Then, he received an assignment as diplomat to southern Europe. In 1984, he worked on diplomatic matters with Asia-Pacific and became a British delegate in the Sino-British Joint Liaison Group that same year.


After his governorship and the elevation to a life peerage with the title Baron Wilson of Tillyorn, of Finzean in the District of Kincardine and Deeside and of Fanling in Hong Kong in 1992, Wilson became the chairman of the utility company Scottish Hydro Electric plc. (later Scottish and Southern Energy) in Perth, Scotland between 1993 and 2000. He was appointed a Vice-President of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society (1996) and Chancellor of the University of Aberdeen (1997). Wilson was made a Knight of the Thistle in 2000. In 2002, he was appointed Master of Peterhouse, Cambridge.