List of Captains of Deal Castle
Deal Castle is a defensive artillery fortress in Deal, Kent, England, which was built in 1540 by order of Henry VIII. The successive Captains of Deal Castle originally commanded a garrison based at the fortress, initially from quarters within the keep but later from purpose built quarters in a block between the keep and the outer wall. The accommodation block was demolished and rebuilt in 1802 and demolished a second time in 1943 following enemy action during the Second World War.
From the early 1700s the post of Captain became an honorary position benefitting from the residential accommodation provided by the castle's living quarters. After the wartime demolition the accommodation was provided elsewhere.
|1540||Thomas Wingfield||First incumbent|
|1648||Col. Thomas Rainsborough||Parliamentarian. Dismissed from office.|
|1648||Maj. Samuel Kemm|
|1648||Col. Nathaniel Rich||Royalist forced to surrender to Parliamentary forces, August, 1648|
|1653||Samuel Taverner||Parliamentarian appointment|
|1660||William Byng||Returned to office at the Restoration of the Monarchy|
|1661||Col. Silius Titus|
|1671||Capt. Francis Digby|
|1672||Francis Hawley, 1st Baron Hawley|
|1673||Sir John Berry|
|1690||Lt. Col. Sir John Granville|
|1690||Sir Francis Wheler||Died in office, 1694|
|1745||John Norris||Died 1749|
|1777||The Marquis of Carmarthen|
|1786||The Lord North|
|1802||Robert Smith, 1st Baron Carrington|
|1838||The Lord Maryborough|
|1843||The Earl of Dalhousie|
|1847||The Earl of Clanwilliam|
|1879||The Earl Sydney|
|1890||The Lord Herschell|
|1899||Rt. Hon. Lord George Hamilton|
|1923||Field Marshal The Earl of Ypres|
|1925||Field Marshal The Lord Allenby|
|1927||The Marquess of Reading|
|1934||Field Marshal The Lord Birdwood|
|1972||General Sir Norman Tailyour|
|1980||Maj. Gen. Ian Harrison|
|2008||Maj. Gen. Garry Robison||Henceforth tied to the appointment of the Commandant General Royal Marines|
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- "Captains of Deal Castle". East Kent freeuk. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
- "Historical Timeline: The Royal Marines in Deal and Walmer". Royal Marines Heritage Trails. Retrieved 13 June 2019.