John Alexander Bannerman

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Tomb of John Alexander Bannerman in Penang's Protestant Cemetery

Colonel John Alexander Bannerman (June 5, 1759 – August 8, 1819) was appointed Governor of Prince of Wales' Island (Penang Island, Malaysia) and Province Wellesley (Seberang Perai) (both forming the settlement of Penang) in 1817 and also Treasurer from 1818.

Bannerman hoped to enter Parliament at the 1806 general election, but despite being prepared to spend £2,000 on a campaign, he failed to find a seat. However, a vacancy was created in early 1807 the resignation of Josias du Pre Porcher, MP for the pocket borough of Bletchingley which was then under the patronage of Rev. Jarvis Kenrick, and Bannerman was returned at the by-election in January 1807. He hoped to find a Treasury borough at the general election later that year, but was unsuccessful.[1]

He was a director of the East India Company for two periods after 1811.[2] Bannerman served until his death from cholera in 1819. He was assisted by council member John MacAlister.[3]


  1. ^ Hinton, M. G. (1986). R. Thorne, ed. "BANNERMAN, John Alexander (1759-1819), of Lethendy, Perth.". The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1790-1820. Boydell and Brewer. Retrieved 8 June 2014. 
  2. ^ C.H. & D. Philips, 'Alphabetical List of Directors of the East India Company from 1758 to 1858', in Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society October 1941
  3. ^ The Asiatic Journal and Monthly Register for British India and Its Dependencies Published by Printed for Black, Parbury, & Allen, 1830; Item notes: new ser.:v.2:(year)1830:(month)May/Aug.
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Josias du Pre Porcher
William Kenrick
Member of Parliament for Bletchingley
January 1807 – May 1807
With: William Kenrick
Succeeded by
Thomas Freeman-Heathcote
William Kenrick