List of Governors of Punjab (British India)

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The Punjab was annexed in 1849 by the British East India Company through the Treaty of Lahore after the Second Anglo-Sikh War. In 1849 the Punjab became a province of British India.

The list of Governors of Punjab from 1849 until the creation of India and Pakistan are listed below.

Lieutenant governors[edit]

Name Took office Left office
Sir John Laird Mair Lawrence
(1811-1879)
1 Apr 1849 25 Feb 1859
Sir Robert Montgomery
(1809-1887)
25 Feb 1859 10 Jan 1865
Sir Donald Friell McLeod
(1810-1872)
10 Jan 1865 1 Jun 1870
Sir Henry Marion Durand
(1812-1871)
1 Jun 1870 20 Jan 1871
Sir Robert Henry Davies
(1824-1902)
20 Jan 1871 2 Apr 1877
Sir Robert Eyles Egerton
(1857-1912)
2 Apr 1877 3 Apr 1882
Sir Sir Charles Umpherston Aitchinson
(1832-1896)
3 Apr 1882 2 Apr 1887
Sir James Broadwood Lyall
(1845-1920)
2 Apr 1887 5 Mar 1892
Sir Dennis Fitzpatrick
(1827-1920)
5 Mar 1892 6 Mar 1897
Sir William Mackworth Young
(1840-1924)
6 Mar 1897 6 Mar 1902
Sir Charles Montgomery Rivaz
(1845-1926)
6 Mar 1902 36 Mar 1907
Sir Denzil Charles Jelf Ibbetson
(1847-1908)
6 Mar 1907 26 May 1907
Sir Thomas Gordon Walker
(1849-1917)
26 May 1907 12 Aug 1907
Sir Denzil Charles Jelf Ibbetson
(1847-1908)
12 Aug 1907 22 Jan 1908
Sir Thomas Gordon Walker
(1849-1917)
22 Jan 1908 25 May 1908
Sir Louis William Dane
(1856-1948)
25 May 1908 28 Apr 1911
James MacCrone Douie
(1854-1935)
28 Apr 1911 4 Aug 1911
Sir Louis William Dane
(1856-1948)
4 Aug 1911 26 May 1913
Sir Michael Francis O'Dwyer
(1864-1940)
26 May 1913 26 May 1919
Sir Edward Douglas Maclagan
(1864-1952)
26 May 1919 31 May 1924

Governors[edit]

Name Took office Left office
Sir William Malcolm Hailey
(1872-1969)
31 May 1924 9 Aug 1928
Sir Geoffrey Fitzhervey de Montmorency
(1876-1955)
9 Aug 1928 19 Jul 1932
Sir Sikandar Hayat Khan
(1892-1942)
19 Jul 1932 19 Oct 1932
Sir Geoffrey Fitzhervey de Montmorency
(1876-1955)
19 Oct 1932 12 Apr 1933
Sir Herbert William Emerson
(1881-1940)
12 Apr 1933 1 Feb 1934
Sir Sikandar Hayat Khan
(1892-1942)
15 Feb 1934 9 Jun 1934
Sir Herbert William Emerson
(1881-1940)
9 Jun 1934 9 Jun 1934
Sir Henry Duffield Craik
(1876-1955)
4 Apr 1938 7 Apr 1941
Sir Bertrand James Glancy
(1882-1953)
7 Apr 1941 8 Apr 1946
Sir Evan Meredith Jenkins
(1896-1985)
8 Apr 1946 15 Aug 1947

Post 1947[edit]

In 1947, the British Raj came to an end and the countries of India and Pakistan were created. The Punjab was partitioned into West Punjab and East Punjab, with the former joining Pakistan and the latter India.

In Pakistan, the first governor of West Punjab was Sir Francis Mudie. In 1955, the province of West Punjab was dissolved, and became Punjab province. Please see here for a list of the governors of Punjab in Pakistan.

In India, in 1956 the state of Punjab was further divided into the present-day Indian states of Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab. Please see here for a list of the governors of Punjab in India.