Lothian Nicholson

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Sir Lothian Nicholson
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Lt. Gen. Sir Lothian Nicholson
Born (1827-01-19)19 January 1827
Died 27 June 1893(1893-06-27) (aged 66)
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1846–1893
Rank Lieutenant-General
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath

Lieutenant-General Sir Lothian Nicholson KCB (19 January 1827 – 27 June 1893) was Governor of Gibraltar.


Educated at Mr Malleson's School in Hove and at the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, Nicholson was commissioned into the Royal Corps of Engineers in 1846.[1] In 1855 he was sent to the Crimean War where he took part in the Siege of Sevastopol.[1] Then in 1857 he went to Calcutta to help suppress the Indian Mutiny.[1] He was present at the capture of Lucknow.[2]

He was appointed to command the Royal Engineers in the London District in 1861 and then the Royal Engineers in Gibraltar from 1868.[1] Later that year he became Assistant Adjutant-General for the Royal Engineers in Ireland.[1]

In 1878 he was made Lieutenant Governor of Jersey and in 1886 he was made Inspector-General of Fortifications.[1] In 1891 he became Governor of Gibraltar: he died in office in 1893[1] and is buried in North Front Cemetery there.[3]


Government offices
Preceded by
Sir William Norcott
Lieutenant Governor of Jersey
Succeeded by
Henry Wray
Preceded by
Sir Leicester Smyth
Governor of Gibraltar
1891 – 1893
Succeeded by
Sir Robert Biddulph