List of Governors of Malta

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Governor of Malta
Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom.svg
Coat of Arms of the Governor of Malta
Maitland and Louverture.jpg
Sir Thomas Maitland
Style His Excellency
Residence Grandmaster's Palace in Valletta
Appointer King/Queen of the United Kingdom
Precursor Civil Commissioner of Malta
Formation 23 July 1813
First holder Sir Thomas Maitland
Final holder Sir Maurice Henry Dorman
Abolished 21 September 1964
Succession Governor-General of Malta

The Governor of Malta (Maltese: Gvernatur ta' Malta) was an official who ruled Malta during the British colonial period between 1813 and 1964. This office replaced that of the Civil Commissioner. Upon the end of British rule and the creation of the State of Malta in 1964, this office was replaced by the Governor-General, who represented the British Monarch and not the Government of the United Kingdom as did the Governor. The office of Governor-General was itself abolished in 1974 and replaced by the post of President when Malta became a Republic.

The Governor[edit]

The Governor, appointed by the British monarch (on the advice of the prime minister), maintained executive power in Malta throughout British rule. He was head of the executive council and the pre-independence government of Malta.

The Governor was the most powerful official in Malta.

List of Governors (1813–1964)[edit]

Name
(Birth–Death)
Portrait From To
Thomas Maitland
(1759–1824)
Maitland and Louverture.jpg 23 July 1813 17 January 1824
Francis Rawdon-Hastings
(1754–1826)
Lord Moira.jpg 22 March 1824 28 November 1826
Alexander George Woodford
(1782–1870)
(acting)
Alexander Woodford.png 28 November 1826 15 February 1827
Frederick Cavendish Ponsonby
(1783–1837)
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg 15 February 1827 May 1835
(de jure until 30 September 1836)
George Cardew
(1785–1857)
(acting)
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg May 1835 4 July 1836
Thomas Evans
(1776–1863)
(acting)
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg 4 July 1836 30 September 1836
Henry Bouverie
(1783–1853)
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg 1 October 1836 1843
Patrick Stuart
(1777–1855)
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg 1843 October 1847
Richard More O'Ferrall
(1797–1880)
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg October 1847 13 May 1851
Robert Ellice
(acting)
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg 13 May 1851 27 October 1851
William Reid
(1791–1858)
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg 27 October 1851 1858
John Le Marchant
(1803–1874)
SirGaspardLeMarchant,LtGovOfNovaScotia.jpg 1858 15 November 1864
Henry Knight Storks
(1811–1874)
Henry Knight Storks, Vanity Fair, 1870-12-24.jpg 15 November 1864 15 May 1867
Patrick Grant
(1804–1895)
Patrick Grant.jpg 15 May 1867 3 June 1872
Charles van Straubenzee
(1812–1892)
Sir Charles Thomas van Straubenzee.jpg 3 June 1872 13 May 1878
Arthur Borton
(1814–1893)
General Sir Arthur Borton.jpg 10 June 1878 April 1884
John Linthorn Simmons
(1821–1903)
SirJohnLintonSimmons.jpg April 1884 28 September 1888
Henry Torrens
(1823–1889)
Flag of the Governor of Malta (1875).svg 28 September 1888 1 December 1889
Henry Augustus Smyth
(1825–1906)
HenryAugustusSmyth.jpg 1890 1893
Arthur Lyon Fremantle
(1835–1901)
Arthur Fremantle.jpg 1893 6 January 1899
Francis Wallace Grenfell
(1841–1925)
Francis Wallace Grenfell.jpg 6 January 1899 1903
Charles Clarke
(1839–1932)
Flag of the Governor of Malta (1898).svg 1903 1907
Henry Grant
(1848–1919)
Flag of the Governor of Malta (1898).svg 1907 1909
Leslie Rundle
(1856–1934)
Leslierundle.jpg 1909 February 1915
Paul Methuen
(1845–1932)
Paul Methuen, 3rd Baron Methuen.png February 1915 May 1919
Herbert Plumer
(1857–1932)
Gen sir herbert plumer.jpg 1919 1924
Walter Norris Congreve
(1862–1927)
LtGen W N Congreve.jpg 29 June 1924 28 February 1927
John Philip Du Cane
(1865–1947)
Flag of the Governor of Malta (1898).svg 28 February 1927 1931
David Campbell
(1869–1936)
Davidcampbell.jpg June 1931 12 March 1936
Charles Bonham-Carter
(1876–1955)
Flag of the Governor of Malta (1898).svg 12 March 1936 1940
William Dobbie
(1879–1964)
Sir William George Shedden Dobbie.jpg April 1940 May 1942
John Vereker (Lord Gort)
(1886–1946)
Lord Gort and Lieutenant General Pownall cropped.jpg May 1942 26 September 1944
Edmond Schreiber
(1890–1978)
Flag of the Governor of Malta (1943).svg 26 September 1944 10 July 1946
Francis Douglas
(1889–1980)
Flag of the Governor of Malta (1943).svg 10 July 1946 16 September 1949
Gerald Creasy
(1897–1983)
Flag of the Governor of Malta (1943).svg 16 September 1949 3 August 1954
Robert Laycock
(1907–1968)
INF3-77 pt9 General R E Laycock.jpg 3 August 1954 13 February 1959
Guy Grantham
(1900–1992)
Flag of the Governor of Malta (1943).svg 13 February 1959 2 July 1962
Maurice Henry Dorman
(1902–1993)
Flag of the Governor of Malta (1943).svg 2 July 1962 21 September 1964

Lieutenant Governors of Malta[edit]

Public Secretary

  • Arthur Baynes 1801
  • Alexander Macauley 1801
  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge 1804–1805
  • E.F. Chapman 1805
  • Rev Francis Laing 1811–1813

Chief Secretary

  • Rev Francis Laing 1813–1815
  • Alexander Wood 1815–1817
  • Richard Plasket 1817–1824
  • Sir Frederick Hankey 1824–1837
  • Sir Hector Greig 1837–1847
  • Henry Lushington 1847–1855
  • Sir Victor Houlton 1855–1883
  • Sir Walter Hely-Hutchinson 1883–1884

Lieutenant Governor

  • Sir Walter Hely-Hutchinson 1884–1889 (as Lieutenant Governor)
  • Sir Gerald Strickland 1889–1902 (as Chief Secretary)
  • Sir Edward Marsh Merewether 1902–1910 (as Lieutenant Governor and Chief Secretary)

Chief Secretary

  • Major John E Clauson 1911–1914
  • Horace A Byatt 1914–1916
  • A Campbell 1959–1962
  • W.C.F. Robertson 1917–1925
  • Sir Thomas Van Best 1925–1930
  • Sir Harry Charles Luke 1930–1938
  • John Adams Hunter 1938–1940
  • Sir Edward St John Campbell-Jackson 1940–1943
  • Sir David Campbell 1943–1952
  • Trafford Smith 1952–1959

Flag of the Governor[edit]


Flag used from 1813 to 1875
Flag used from 1813 to 1875
Flag used from 1875 to 1898
Flag used from 1875 to 1898
Flag used from 1898 to 1943
Flag used from 1898 to 1943
Flag used from 1943 to 1964
Flag used from 1943 to 1964

See also[edit]