Henry Torrens

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Sir Henry D'Oyley Torrens
Felice Beato (British, born Italy) - (Lieutenant-Colonel Torrens) - Google Art Project.jpg
Photograph by Felice Beato, 1858–1859
Born 24 February 1823
Died 1 December 1889
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1849 - 1889
Rank Lieutenant General
Battles/wars Crimean War
Indian Mutiny
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Knight Commander of St Michael and St George

Lieutenant General Sir Henry D'Oyley Torrens KCB KCMG (24 February 1823 – 1 December 1889) was a British army officer and colonial governor. He was born in Meerut, India, the son of Henry Whitelock Torrens and Eliza Mary Roberts and died in London.

Military career[edit]

Torrens was commissioned as a second Lieutenant in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers in 1849.[1] His rise through the ranks was very rapid, reaching the rank of Colonel in 1864.[2]

He served in the Crimean War at the major battles, for which he was awarded the Légion d'honneur,[3] followed by service in India during the Indian Mutiny in 1857.

In 1862 he published a book, Travels in Ladâk, Tartary, and Kashmir, about his summer holiday the previous year.[4]

He was promoted to Major-General in 1869 and finally to Lieutenant-General while serving as General Officer Commanding Cork District in Ireland in 1884.[5]

He went on to be was Governor of Cape Colony in 1886 and Governor of Malta in 1888. He was a keen golfer founding both Royal Cape Golf Club in 1886 and Royal Malta Golf Club in 1888.

Funerary monument, Brompton Cemetery, London

He died on 1 December 1889 and is buried in Brompton Cemetery in London.


  1. ^ "No. 21020". The London Gazette. 18 September 1849. p. 2854. 
  2. ^ "No. 22873". The London Gazette. 12 July 1864. p. 3503. 
  3. ^ "No. 21996". The London Gazette. 1 May 1857. p. 1574. 
  4. ^ Torrens, Henry D'Oyley (1862). Travels in Ladâk, Tartary, and Kashmir. Cornell University Library: Saunders, Otley & Co. (London). pp. Preface. 
  5. ^ "No. 25314". The London Gazette. 1 February 1884. p. 488. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Sir Leicester Smyth
Governor of Cape Colony
Succeeded by
Sir Henry Smyth
Preceded by
Sir Lintorn Simmons
Governor of Malta
Succeeded by
Sir Henry Smyth