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Abel Anthony James Gower


Welsh diplomat. Private secretary to the governor of Hong Kong, and assistant in the Superintendency of Trade, 1856. Promoted to a position in the Canton Consulate, 1858, and to a position in the Consulate-General, Yedo, 1859. Acting consul, Nagasaki, from 1864 until 1865, when he was appointed consul at Hakodate; remained at Nagasaki until March 1866. Appointed consul, Nagasaki, 1867, and transferred to Hiogo (Hyogo) and Osaka, 1868. Retired, 1876. Acting consul, Leghorn (Livorno), Italy, 1886, 1888–9.


Burke’s landed gentry 1972, Foreign Office list.


Burke’s landed gentry: A genealogical and heraldic history of the commoners of Great Britain and Ireland enjoying territorial possessions or high official rank but unvisited with heritable honours. Burke’s genealogical and heraldic history of the landed gentry. By John Burke et al. 1st–18th edition. London: Henry Colburn [and others]. 1833–1969.

Foreign Office list: The Foreign Office list. London: Harrison & Sons. 1852–1965.