John McLeavy Brown in Korea, 1893–1905
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Brown was born in Lisburn, Co. Antrim, in 1835 and educated both at Queens University, Belfast, and at Trinity College, Dublin. He entered the China consular service and, because of his rapid progress in the Chinese language, he saw service at the Legation in Peking. Brown resigned to join the Chinese customs service in 1873. During periods of long leave he qualified as a barrister and finally, in 1888, obtained the degree of LL.D from Dublin. He is the only person with doctoral qual ifications who, in my experience, chose never to use the title. During his career in the East, he was almost invariably known as cMr McLeavy Brown5. After twenty years with the Chinese customs. Brown was chosen to head the Korean Customs.