Edward Hopton

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Sir Edward Hopton
Born 1837
Bishops Frome, Herefordshire
Died 1912
Stretton Grandison, Herefordshire
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1854 - 1900
Rank Lieutenant General
Battles/wars Crimean War
Indian Mutiny
9th Xhosa War
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath

Lieutenant General Sir Edward Hopton KCB DL JP (1837 – 19 January 1912) was a British Army officer who became Lieutenant Governor of Jersey.

Early life[edit]

Hopton was born in 1837 in Bishops Frome, Herefordshire, the eldest son of the Reverend W.P. Hopton and his wife Diana. He was educated at Eton College and joined the Army in 1854.[1]

Military career[edit]

Hopton was commissioned into the 79th Foot.[2] He fought at the Siege of Sevastapol during the Crimean War and at the Siege of Lucknow during the Indian Mutiny[3] and then served with the Connaught Rangers during the 9th Xhosa War of 1877 to 1878.[4] He went on to be Colonel of the Connaught Rangers and was appointed Lieutenant Governor of Jersey in 1895.[5] During the Second Boer War he had some difficulty maintaining order on Jersey in the face of Pro-Boer attitudes of some of the French Islanders.[6]

In retirement he became Deputy Lieutenant of Herefordshire.[5]


In 1874 he married Clare Ellen Trafford; they had two sons and two daughters.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Lieutenant-General Sir Edward Hopton". Obituaries. The Times (39801). London. 22 January 1912. col F, p. 10. 
  2. ^ "No. 21660". The London Gazette. 9 February 1855. p. 492. 
  3. ^ Lionel James Trafford Archived 29 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Charles Edward Wyncoll
  5. ^ a b The County Families of the United Kingdom by Edward Walford
  6. ^ Trouble at St Helier's: British Resent Pro-Boer Attitude of the French Islanders New York Times, 1900
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Edwin Markham
Lieutenant Governor of Jersey
Succeeded by
Henry Abadie