Charles Henry Darling

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Sir Charles Henry Darling KCB (19 February 1809 – 25 January 1870) was a British colonial governor.


He was born at Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, the son of Major-General Henry Darling and nephew of General Sir Ralph Darling.

He was educated at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, and served in the garrisons of Barbados, the Windward Islands, and Jamaica, with the 57th Foot. He started his colonial service while in Jamaica and became Lieutenant-Governor of St. Lucia in 1847. He became Lieutenant-Governor of the Cape Colony in South Africa in 1851. He became Governor of Newfoundland in 1855.

Darling supported the British suggestions granting the French more fishing rights in waters of Newfoundland between Cape St. John and Cape Ray to the total disagreement of the Newfoundland government which ultimately led to the end of his term in office.

Darling became governor and captain-chief of Jamaica in 1857 then governor of Victoria, Australia from 1863 to 1866.

His first marriage was on 2 May 1835 to Anne Wilhelmina Dalzell (18 July 1813 – 16 October 1837). They had a son who died in infancy. He was then married, at Christ Church, Barbados, on 14 December 1839 to Mary Ann Nurse (who died of yellow fever in St Lucia on 6 November 1848). His third marriage, at Ilfracombe, North Devon, was on 10 December 1851 to Elizabeth Isabella Caroline Salter (c. 1820 – 10 December 1900).

Charles Henry Darling died at Lansdown Crescent, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, aged 60.

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Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Evan John Murray MacGregor
Governor of Barbados and the Windward Islands
Succeeded by
Sir Charles Edward Grey
Preceded by
Arthur Wellesley Torrens
Lieutenant-Governor of St. Lucia
Succeeded by
Henry Clermont Cobbe
Preceded by
Sir George Cathcart
Governor of the Cape Colony, acting
Succeeded by
Sir George Grey
Preceded by
Ker Baillie Hamilton
Governor of Newfoundland
Succeeded by
Sir Alexander Bannerman
Preceded by
Edward Wells Bell
Governor of Jamaica
Succeeded by
Edward John Eyre
Preceded by
Sir Henry Barkly
Governor of Victoria
Succeeded by
Sir John Manners-Sutton