For others of the same name, see Alexander Arbuthnot.

Sir Alexander John Arbuthnot, KCSI, CIE was born 11 October 1822 in Killaloe, County Clare, Ireland to Alexander Arbuthnot (1768-1828) and Margaret Phoebe Bingham and died June 1907 of unspecified causes. He married Frederica Eliza Fearon (1822-1898) 1844 in Chennai, India. He married Constance Elizabeth Angelena Milman (1859-1936) 6 June 1899 .

Sir Alexander John Arbuthnot, KCSI, CIE (11 October 1822, Killaloe, Ireland – 10 June 1907) was a British official and writer. Educated at Rugby School.

Arbuthnot served in Madras (now Chennai) as the director of Public Instruction (1855); he was a key force in the incorporation of Madras University (1857); he was the chief secretary to the Madras Government (1862-67); he was a member of the Legislative Council (1867-72); he was a member of the Madras Executive Council; he served on the Viceroy's Executive Council (1875-80); he was acting Governor of Madras, India, for about three months, from 19 February 1872 to 15 May 1872. He later served as a member of the Council of the Secretary of State for India from 1888 to 1893.

Arbuthnot was honoured by the Crown with the titles of Knight Commander of The Most Exalted Order of the Star of India (1873) and Companion of The Most Eminent Order of the Indian Empire (CIE).

He was a noted amateur rose grower. He was son of Alexander Arbuthnot (1768-1828). His brother was Lt-General Sir Charles George Arbuthnot (1824-1899) and his half-brother was Major-General George Bingham Arbuthnot. He was uncle of Brigadier-general Alexander George Arbuthnot.


  • Arbuthnot, Alexander John (1851). Select reports of criminal cases determined in the Court of Foujdaree Udalat of Madras. OCLC 19445369. 
  • Arbuthnot, Alexander John, and Henry Francis Wilson (1899). Lord Clive; the foundation of British rule in India (Builders of Greater Britain). T. Fisher Unwin. OCLC 2328853. 
  • Arbuthnot, Alexander John, and Constance Arbuthnot (1910). Memories of Rugby & India. T Fisher Unwin, London. OCLC 2235625. 

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