List of British Governors of the Straits Settlements

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Flag of the Governor of the Straits Settlements (1867–1946)

The Governor of the Straits Settlements was appointed by the British East India Company until 1867, when the Straits Settlements became a crown colony. Thereafter the Governor was appointed by the Colonial Office. The position existed from 1826 to 1946. Between 1942 and 1945 the office was not filled, as the Straits Settlements was then under Japanese occupation. From the late 19th century onwards, the Governor of the Straits Settlements was usually also British High Commissioner in Malaya.

List of British Governors (1826-1946)[edit]

Picture Name From Until
Robert fullerton.jpg Robert Fullerton 27 November 1826 12 November 1830
Robert Ibbetson.jpg Robert Ibbetson 12 November 1830 7 December 1833
Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom.svg Kenneth Murchison 7 December 1833 18 November 1836
Sir samuel george bonham.gif Sir Samuel George Bonham 18 November 1836 January 1843
Ruled directly from the British East India Company
From January to August 1843.
William John Butterworth.jpg Colonel Major-General William John Butterworth August 1843 21 March 1855
Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom.svg Edmund Augustus Blundell 21 March 1855 6 August 1859
Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom.svg Major General Sir William Orfeur Cavenagh 6 August 1859 16 March 1867
HarryStGeorgeOrd-1867-1873.jpg Major General Sir Harry St. George Ord 16 March 1867 4 November 1873
Sir Andrew Clarke (1873) by G R Lambert.jpg Sir Andrew Clarke 4 November 1873 8 May 1875
William Jervois.jpg Sir William Jervois 8 May 1875 3 April 1877
Archibald Edward Harbord Anson.jpg Major General Edward Archibald Harbord Anson
Acting Governor of the Straits Settlements
3 April 1877 August 1877
Williamrobinson.jpg Sir William Cleaver Francis Robinson August 1877 10 February 1879
Archibald Edward Harbord Anson.jpg Major General Edward Archibald Harbord Anson
Acting Governor of the Straits Settlements
10 February 1879 16 May 1880
Frederick Weld.jpg Sir Frederick Weld 16 May 1880 17 October 1887
Cecil Clementi Smith Vanity Fair 1892-01-23.jpg Sir Cecil Clementi Smith 17 October 1887 30 August 1893
Sir william edward maxwell.jpg William Edward Maxwell
Acting Governor of the Straits Settlements
30 August 1893 1 February 1894
Charles Mitchell.jpg Sir Charles Mitchell 1 February 1894 7 December 1899
Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom.svg James Alexander Swettenham
Acting Governor of the Straits Settlements
7 December 1899 5 November 1901
Sir Frank Swettenham by John Singer Sargent 1904.jpg Sir Frank Swettenham 5 November 1901 16 April 1904
Sir john anderson.gif Sir John Anderson 16 April 1904 2 September 1911
Sir Arthur Henderson Young.png Sir Arthur Young 2 September 1911 17 February 1920
Sir Laurence Guillemard.png Sir Laurence Guillemard 17 February 1920 3 June 1927
Hugh Charles Clifford (The Straits Times, 15 October 1929).jpg Sir Hugh Clifford 3 June 1927 5 February 1930
SirCecilClementi.jpg Sir Cecil Clementi 5 February 1930 9 November 1934
Sir Thomas Shenton Whitelegge Thomas.png Sir Shenton Thomas 9 November 1934 15 February 1942
Japanese Occupation of the Straits Settlements
From 15 February 1942 to 12 September 1945.
British Military Administration of the Straits Settlements
From 12 September 1945 to 1 April 1946.
Mountbatten.jpg Lord Louis Mountbatten
British High Command
12 September 1945 1 April 1946
Continuation of the Governor of the Straits Settlements
Sir Thomas Shenton Whitelegge Thomas.png Sir Shenton Thomas 12 September 1945 1 April 1946

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