List of Governors of Portsmouth

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From the 13th Century to the reign of Henry VIII the Governor of Portsmouth was the Constable of Portchester Castle. Since then Portsmouth had its own military Captain or Governor, who was based in the Square Tower built in Old Portsmouth in 1494 as part of the fortifications to protect the rapidly expanding naval port. The Coats of Arms of former Governors of Portsmouth are displayed on the walls of the Square Tower's Lower Hall. In 1540, the Hospital of St. Nicholas, suitably converted and modernised, became the military centre of the town. Its Domus Dei, now the roofless Royal Garrison Church, became the residence of the Captain or Governor.

The Governorship was abolished in 1834 and replaced by a Garrison Commander. That post was abolished in 1968.

The Round Tower, Porstmouth

Constables of the King's Castle at Portchester and Town of Portsmouth[edit]

Governors of Portsmouth[edit]

Lieutenant-Governors of Portsmouth[edit]

  • 1514: Sir Thomas Wyndham
  • 1558–1559?: Edward Turnour
  • 1593/4?–1605: Sir Benjamin Berry
  • 1615: Sir John Burlace
  • 1620–1624: Sir John Oglander
  • 1624: Sir Richard Morrison
  • 1630?: Sir Thomas Brett
  • 1640-1: Robert Willis
  • 1656: Major Peter Murford
  • 1662: Sir William Berkeley
  • 1665: Sir Phillip Honywood
  • 1672: George Legge
  • 1673: Henry Slingsby
  • 1689: Colonel Rearsby
  • 1689: Colonel John Gibson
  • 1697: Hon. Robert Fregue
  • 1701: Colonel John Gibson
  • 1717: Hon. Colonel Peter Hawker
  • 1731: General Hon. Peter Campbell
  • 1751: John Leighton
  • 1752: Captain John Murray
  • 1776: Colonel Robert Watson
  • 1790: Colonel Thomas Trigge
  • 1796: Cornelius Cuyler[7]
  • 1801: Major-General John Whitelocke
  • 1805: Colonel Hildebrand Oakes
  • 1805: Major-General Hon. John Hope
  • 1806: Major-General Sir George Prevost
  • 1809: Major-General Arthur Whetham
  • 1814: Lieut-General W. Houston
  • 1814: Major-General Kenneth Alexander
  • 1814: Major-General W. Houston
  • 1818: Kenneth Howard, 11th Baron Howard of Effingham KGB
  • 1820: Major-General Sir George Corke KCB
  • 1823-1828: Major-General Sir James Lyons KCB
  • 1834-1838: Major-General Sir Thomas McMahon KCB

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ Markham, Clements R. (1888). The Fighting Veres. 
  2. ^ The London Gazette: no. 7909. p. 2. 10 May 1740.
  3. ^ The London Gazette: no. 11374. p. 2. 27 July 1773.
  4. ^ The London Gazette: no. 11865. p. 1. 11 April 1778.
  5. ^ The London Gazette: no. 12300. p. 5. 28 May 1782.
  6. ^ The London Gazette: no. 18319. p. 2. 2 January 1827.
  7. ^ The London Gazette: no. 13855. p. 64. 6 January 1796.