|Major-General The Honourable
Sir Reginald Talbot
|As depicted by "Spy" (Leslie Ward) in Vanity Fair, 22 July 1897. Caption reads Aldershot Cavalry.|
|11th Governor of Victoria|
25 April 1904 – 6 July 1908
|Monarch||King Edward VII|
|Preceded by||Sir George Clarke|
|Succeeded by||Sir Thomas Gibson-Carmichael|
11 July 1841|
London, England, UK
|Died||15 January 1929
London, England, UK
|Spouse(s)||Margaret Jane Stuart-Wortley|
|Years of service||1859–1903|
|Commands||British troops in Egypt|
Major-General Sir Reginald Arthur James Talbot, KCB (11 July 1841 – 15 January 1929) was a British military officer, Member of Parliament in the British House of Commons, and Governor of Victoria in Australia.
Talbot was born in London, the third son of Henry, Viscount Ingestre (later 3rd Earl Talbot and then 18th Earl of Shrewsbury) and Lady Sarah Elizabeth, née Beresford, daughter of the 2nd Marquess of Waterford. After attending Harrow School, he joined the British Army and became a sub-lieutenant in the 1st Regiment of Life Guards in 1859.
Political and military career
From 1869 to 1874, Talbot represented Stafford in the British House of Commons for the Conservative Party. On 8 May 1877, he married Margaret Jane Stuart-Wortley, granddaughter of the 1st Baron Wharncliffe.
He returned to active service in the army, fighting in the Anglo-Zulu War, Egypt and taking part in the unsuccessful Nile Expedition to relieve General Charles George Gordon in Khartoum. Talbot was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in 1885 and was advanced to KCB in 1902. He became General Officer Commanding the British troops in Egypt in 1899.
Governor of Victoria
He was sworn in as Governor of Victoria on 25 April 1904. His tenure was marked by Talbot's determination to achieve visible improvement, and his reports to Britain favourably compared Victoria's economic and educational statistics to those of 1903.
Talbot died in London on 15 January 1929.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Reginald Talbot
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
Henry Davis Pochin
|Member of Parliament for Stafford
With: Thomas Salt
Sir George Clarke
|Governor of Victoria
Sir Thomas Gibson-Carmichael
|Colonel of the 3rd (Prince of Wales's) Dragoon Guards
Sir Nevill Maskelyne Smyth