Lieutenant Governor of Guernsey
|Lieutenant Governor of Guernsey|
Coat of Arms of Guernsey
|Term length||At His/Her Majesty's pleasure|
The Lieutenant Governor of Guernsey is the representative of the British monarch in the Bailiwick of Guernsey, a Crown dependency of the British Crown. The role of the Lieutenant Governor is to act as the de facto head of state in Guernsey and as liaison between the governments of Guernsey and the United Kingdom. The holder of this office is also ex officio a member of the States of Guernsey but may not vote and, by convention, speaks in the Chamber only on appointment and on departure from post. The duties are primarily diplomatic and ceremonial.
The Lieutenant Governor has his own flag in Guernsey, the Union Flag defaced with the Bailiwick's coat of arms.
The Crown appointed Wardens or Keepers to represent its interests in the Channel Islands. After 1473 separate Wardens were appointed for Guernsey and Jersey, the title of Captain or Governor also being used. Around the early 17th century the title of Governor was settled upon, although those appointed to the position of Governor adopted the practice of appointing a lieutenant to carry out their duties in their absence. By the 19th century the post of Governor of Guernsey had become a sinecure and the position was abolished in 1835. Since then Lieutenant Governors have continued to be appointed.
In 2010 it was announced that the next Lieutenant-Governor would be recommended to the Crown by a Guernsey panel consisting of the Bailiff of Guernsey, the Seigneur of Sark, and the President of the States of Alderney, sitting with a human resources professional. This new system replaced the previous system of the appointment being made by the Crown on the recommendation of UK ministers. The first person selected by this process was former RAF officer Air Marshal Peter Walker, who was sworn in on 15 April 2011.
List of Lieutenant Governors of Guernsey
Sir Edmund Andros was Lieutenant Governor of Guernsey from 1704 to 1708.
|Serving under Governor of Guernsey:||1770||Lt-Col. Paulus Aemilius Irving|
|1784||Lt-Col. William Brown|
|1793||Maj-Gen. Thomas Dundas|
|1793||Col. James Henry Craig|
|1793||Maj-Gen. John Small|
|1796||Lt-Gen. Sir Hew Dalrymple|
|1803||Maj-Gen. Sir John Doyle, Bt, GCB, KC|
|1816||Maj-Gen. Henry Bayly|
|1821||Maj-Gen. Sir John Colborne, KCB|
|1828||Maj-Gen. John Ross|
|Lieutenant Governor and Colonel on Staff:||1837||Gen. Sir James Douglas, KCB|
|1842||Maj-Gen. Sir William Francis Patrick Napier, KCB|
|1848||Lt-Gen. Sir John Bell, KCB|
|1854||Lt-Gen. William Thomas Knollys|
|1856||Lt-Gen. Sir George Judd Harding, KCB|
|1859||Maj-Gen. Marcus John Slade |
|1864||Maj-Gen. Charles Rochfort Scott|
|1869||Lt-Gen. Edward Charles Frome|
|1874||Lt-Gen. Hon. St George Gerald Foley, CB|
|1879||Maj-Gen. Alexander Abercromby Nelson, CB|
|1883||Maj-Gen. Henry Andrew Sarel, CB|
|1885||Lt-Gen. John Henry Ford Elkington, CB|
|1889||Gen. Sir Edward Gascoyne Bulwer, KCB|
|Lieutenant Governor and Commanding the Troops:||1894||Lt-Gen. Nathaniel Stevenson|
|1899||Maj-Gen. Michael Henry Saward|
|1903||Maj-Gen. Barrington Bulkeley Douglas Campbell, CVO, CB|
|1908||Maj-Gen. Robert Auld, CB|
|1911||Maj-Gen. Sir Edward Owen Fisher Hamilton, KCB|
|1914||Maj-Gen. Sir Henry Merrick Lawson, KCB|
|1914||Gen. Sir Reginald Clare Hart VC, GCB, KCVO|
|1918||Lt-Gen. Sir Launcelot Edward Kiggell, KCB, KCMG|
|1920||Maj-Gen. Sir John Edward Capper, KCB, KCVO|
|1925||Maj-Gen. Sir Charles Sackville-West, KBE, CB, CMG|
|1929||Maj-Gen. Lord Ruthven of Freeland, CB, CMG, DSO|
|1934||Maj-Gen. Sir Edward Nicholson Broadbent, KBE, CB, CMG, DSO|
|1939||Maj-Gen. Alexander Telfer-Smollett, CB, CBE, DSO, MC|
|1940||Maj-Gen. John Minshull-Ford, CB, DSO, MC (7 to 20 June 1940)|
|1940–45||German occupation of the Channel Islands – post vacated as part of demilitarisation of the island|
|Head of the British Military Government:||1945||Rear-Adm. Charles Gage Stuart, DSO, DSC|
|Lieutenant Governor and Commander-in-Chief:||1945||Lt-Gen. Sir Philip Neame, VC, KBE, CB, DSO|
|1953||Air Marshal Sir Thomas Elmhirst, KBE, CB, AFC|
|1958||Vice-Adm. Sir Geoffrey Robson, KBE, CB, DSO, DSC|
|1964||Lt-Gen. Sir Charles Coleman, KCB, CMG, DSO, OBE|
|1969||Vice-Adm. Sir Charles Mills, KCB, CBE, DSC|
|1974||Vice-Adm. Sir John Edward Ludgate Martin, KCB, DSC|
|1980||Air Chief Marshal Sir Peter de Lacey Le Cheminant, GBE, KCB, DFC|
|1985||Lt-Gen. Sir Alexander Boswell, KCB, CBE|
|1990||Lt-Gen. Sir Michael Compton Lockwood Wilkins, KCB, OBE|
|1994||Vice-Adm. Sir John Francis Coward, KCB, DSO|
|2000||Lt-Gen. Sir John Paul Foley, KCB, OBE, MC|
|2005||Vice-Adm. Sir Fabian Malbon, KBE|
|2011–15||Air Marshal Peter Walker, CB, CBE|
|2016||Vice-Adm. Ian Corder, KBE, CB|
- "Lieutenant Governors". Royal Court of Guernsey. Retrieved 21 September 2012.
- Sark and Alderney could choose the next Lieutenant Governor
- Guernsey will choose its next Lieutenant Governor
- "The London Gazette" (22245). p. 1369.
- "The London Gazette" (34053). p. 3353.
- "New Lt-Governor is a career Navy man". Guernsey Press. 16 February 2016.
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