Charles Cavendish Boyle

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Sir Charles Cavendish Boyle KCMG (29 May 1849 – 17 September 1916) was a British colonial administrator.


He joined the British Colonial Office and was made magistrate in the Leeward Islands in 1879. He served as Colonial Secretary in Bermuda from 1882 to 1888 and in Gibraltar from 1888 to 1894 and was granted a knighthood for his service. In 1894 he moved to British Guiana, where he was Government Secretary and acted as Governor several times.

In March 1901, he was appointed Governor of Newfoundland,[1] where he arrived in St. Johns in mid-June.[2] He stayed as such until 1904, and wrote poems to the island's rugged beauty including the Ode to Newfoundland which was adopted as the dominion's national anthem. As governor, Boyle donated a trophy, the Boyle Challenge Cup, to the Newfoundland Hockey League.

He continued his colonial career with a posting as the 19th Governor of Mauritius from 20 August 1904 to 10 April 1911,[3] after which he retired to Brighton, England.

Personal life[edit]

He was married to Judith Louise Sassoon (1874-1964), daughter of Reuben David Sassoon (1835-1905).[4]


  1. ^ "No. 27290". The London Gazette. 1 March 1901. p. 1499. 
  2. ^ "Court and Social". The Times (36483). London. 17 June 1901. p. 11. 
  3. ^ Mauritius infosite
  4. ^ The Peerage: Louise Judith Sassoon

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Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Charles Lees
Governor of British Guiana, acting
Succeeded by
Sir Augustus William Lawson Hemming
Preceded by
Sir Henry Edward McCallum
Colonial Governor of Newfoundland
Succeeded by
Sir William Macgregor
Preceded by
Sir Charles Bruce
Governor of Mauritius
Succeeded by
Sir John Chancellor