Lieutenant Governor of Hong Kong

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Lieutenant Governor of Hong Kong
Residence Headquarter House
Appointer Monarch of the United Kingdom
Formation 1843
First holder George Charles D'Aguilar
Final holder Sir William Gascoigne
Abolished 1902

Lieutenant Governor of Hong Kong (Chinese: 香港副總督) was the second highest position during the British colonial rule in Hong Kong from 1843 to 1902.


Although Lieutenant Governor of Hong Kong was the second highest position in Hong Kong, the Lieutenant Governor did not have any actual power in the Government - thar power usually was gained by the Colonial Secretary.

The first Lieutenant Governor of Hong Kong was George D'Aguilar and the post was subsequently held by the Commander British Forces in Hong Kong, thus all were British Army officers.[1]

List of Lieutenant Governors[edit]

Demise of the post[edit]

From the 1870s to 1902, the role lapsed from formal use and the second in command was transferred to the Colonial Secretary of Hong Kong (Chief Secretary from 1976 to 1997). The following individuals may (or may not) have retained the title for special occasions[2]


The Lieutenant Governor as Commander of British Forces resided at Flagstaff House, then known as Headquarter House, from 1844 to 1902.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ British and Indian armies on the China coast 1785-1985 by Harfield, A G, Published by A and J Partnership, 1990, Pages 483-484 ISBN 0-9516065-0-6
  2. ^ "The Foundation of a Crown Colony - A Modern History of Hong Kong" Steve Tsang, 2004, p18-19