A pillar of the emirate

February 3 2009

Who was the last Englishman to serve the Arabs and wear at least part of their dress?

Did Wilfred Thesiger serve the Arabs? Of course he did. I am attaching no values to the phrase, and no Arab would deny it. Before him, John Bagot Glubb, Glubb Pasha, of the Arab Legion?

Perhaps it was Colonel Edward (“Tug”) Wilson.

3 Responses to “A pillar of the emirate”

  1. richard Says:

    I’m not sure what the phrase means, though: militarily? As a cultural ambassador or liaison with Britain? I imagine there are quite a few Englishmen serving in security forces in Arab countries right now…

  2. davidderrick Says:

    But not dressing as locals in the old way. The phrase was Sheikh Zayed’s description of “Tug” Wilson. The link refers.


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