Raja Mansur was the eldest son of Sultan Abdullah Muhammad Shah II and Raja Tipah Raja Ngah Putera. Some authorities suggest that he was born in Tanjung Brambang in 1867. Together with his younger brother, Raja Chulan, he was educated at Raffles Institution and, later, Malacca High School following his father’s exile to the Seychelles by the British. Both Raja Mansur and Raja Chulan were skilled cricketers at MHS.
At the age of 16, Raja Mansur was a junior officer in the Perak State Secretariat in 1883 for five years. In 1888, he was aide-de-camp to Sultan Idris Murshidul Azzam Shah, during which time* he accompanied Sultan Idris to England for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria. It was also described that Raja Mansur had again gone to England, this time in 1894 with Sultan Abdullah, following the decision made by the British government to allow the exiled Sultan to return to the Federated Malay States.
Raja Mansur later became Assistant to the British Resident of Perak (?Ernest Woodford Birch) in 1904. In 1915, he and his brothers, which included Raja Chulan, Raja Abdul Malik (father of Almarhum Raja Di-Hilir Ahmad Hisham), Raja Abdul Hamid and Raja Said Tauphy had sent a memorial to the Colonial Office asking for the ban on the descendants of Sultan Abdullah to succession of the Perak throne to be lifted.
Raja Mansur died in Butterworth surrounded by his children on 27 August 1934 and he was interred at Bukit Chandan in Kuala Kangsar. He was married to a daughter of Sultan Idris I named Raja Ngah Halimah (mother of Raja Badiozaman), Ngah Jah binti Alang Mat Kassim (mother of Almarhum Raja Di-Hilir Kamaralzaman), Che’ Mahrum and Teh Hawa. He was 68 at the time of his passing.
[*] It was described by YAM Raja Kamaralzaman Raja Mansur to Mubin Sheppard in an interview published in Malaya In History that Raja Mansur was instrumental in creating what is now known as the Perak State Anthem. Please see this SembangKuala post on the other anecdotes surrounding the creation of the anthem.
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