Minto, Gilbert John Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound, 4th earl of

Minto, Gilbert John Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound, 4th earl of kĭnĭn´mənd [key], 1845–1914, British colonial administrator. He entered the army in 1867, eventually becoming (1884) military secretary to Lord Lansdowne, governor-general of Canada. As a popular governor-general himself (1898–1904) Minto maintained cordial relations with the Canadian prime minister, Sir Wilfrid Laurier . He then served (1905–10) as viceroy of India. He worked with John Morley to produce the Morley-Minto reforms (1909), which increased native membership on the advisory legislative councils of the viceroy and began India's advance to self-rule.

See study by S. R. Wasti (1964).

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