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Governors of Bombay

1534 First Portugese settlement
1662 The settlement became a British possesion when Charles II married Catherine of Braganza
1662, Sept 18 English arrive to take possession
1668 The East India Company leased Bombay from the crown for an annual sum of 10 pounds in gold
   
1858, Mar 29 the last Mughal ruler is deposed
1858, Aug 2 U.K. Act of Parliament annexes the Empire, creating British India (effective 1 Nov 1858)

 

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Governors of Bombay

Appointed by the Crown
Names
Assumed Office
Remarks
Sir Abraham Shipman   died, September 1664, at Angadio
Humfrey Cooke February, 1665 died, May 21, 1667
Sir Gervase Lucas, (acting) November 5, 1666 died, May 21, 1667
Capt. Henry Gary May 22, 1667 died, at Surat, July 14, 1669

 

The East India Company received Bombay on September 23, 1668
Names
Assumed Office
Remarks
Sir George Oxeden September 23, 1668 President of the factory, became the first EIC Governor
Gerald Aungie July 14, 1669 died, at Surat, June 30, 1677
Gen. Thomas Holt June 30, 1677  
Sir John Child, Bart. October 27, 1681  
Capt. Richard Kergwin   usurped Governorship,   1683 - 1684
Sir John Wyborne 1686  
Bartholamew Harris February 4, 1690 died, at Surat, May 10, 1694
Daniel Annesley May 10, 1694 acting
Sir John Gayer May 17, 1694  
Sir Nicholas Waite Nvember 1704  
William Aislabie September 1708  
Stephen Strutt October 11, 1715 officiating
Charles Boone December 26, 1716  
William Phipps January 9, 1722  
Robert Cowan January 10, 1729  
John Horne Sept, 22 1734  
Stephen Law April 7, 1739 Acting Governor
John Geekie November 15, 1742 Acting Governor
William Wake November 26, 1742  
Richard Bourchier November 17, 1750  
John Holkell 1760 Acting Governor
Charles Crommelin February 28, 1760  
Thomas Hodges January 27, 1767 died, February 23, 1771
William Hornby February 26, 1771  
Rawson Hart Boddam January 1, 1784  
Andrew Ramsay January 9, 1788 Acting Governor
Maj-Gen. Sir William Medows September 16, 1788 also Commander-in-Chief
Maj-Gen. Sir Robert Abercromby January 21, 1790  
George Dick November 26, 1792 Acting Governor
John Griffith September 3, 1795 Acting Governor
Jonathan Duncan December 27, 1795 died at Bombay, August 11, 1811
George Brown August 11, 1811 Acting Governor
Rt. Hon. Sir Evan Nepean, Bart. August 12, 1812  
Hon. Montstuart Elphinstone November 1, 1819 died in Surrey, November 20, 1859
Maj-Gen. Sir John Malcolm, G.C.B. November 1, 1827  
Lt-Gen. Sir Thomas Sidney Beckwith, K.C.B. December 1, 1830, 1795 also Commander-in-Chief
died, at Mahableshwar, January 15, 1831
John Romer January 17, 1831 Acting Governor
Rt. Hon. the Earl of Clare March 21, 1831 died at Dapuri, nr Poona, July 8, 1838
Sir Robert Grant, G.C.H. March 17, 1835  
James Farish July 11, 1838 Acting Governor
Major Sir James Rivett-Carnac, Bart. May 31, 1839  
Sir William Hay Macnaughten, Bart.   assassinated at Cabul, December 23, 1841,
before he could take office
George William Anderson April 28, 1841 Acting Governor
Lt. Gen. Sir George Arthur, Bart., K.C.H. June 9, 1842  
Lestock Robert Reid August 6, 1846  
Sir George Russell Clerk, K.C.B. January 23, 1847  
Rt. Hon. Viscount Falkland, G.C.H.
(Lucius Bentinck Carey, 1803 - 1884)
May 1, 1848  
Rt. Hon. Baron Elphinstone, G.C.B., G.C.H. December 28, 1853  
Sir George Russell Clerk, K.C.B. May 11, 1860  

 

 

In 1862 the City reverted to the Crown
Names
Assumed Office
Remarks
Sir Henry Bartle Edward Frere
(1815 - 1884)
April 24, 1862  
Hon. Sir William Robert Seymour Vesey FitzGerald
(1818 - 1885)
March 6, 1867  
Sir Philip Edmond Wodehouse, K.C.B.
(1811 - 1887)
May 6, 1872  
Sir Richard Temple, Bart., K.C.S.I.
(1826 - 1902)
April 30, 1877  
Lionel Robert Ashburner, C.S.I.
(1827 - 1907)
March 13, 1880 Acting Governor
Sir James Fergusson, Bart., K.C.M.G.
(1823 - 1907)
April 28 1880  
James Braithwaite Peile, C.S.I. March 27, 1885 Acting Governor
Rt. Hon. Baron Reay, G.C.S.I., G.C.I.E.
(Donald James Mackay, 1839 - 1921)
March 30, 1885  
Rt. Hon. Baron Harris, G.C.S.I., G.C.I.E.
(George Robert Canning Harris, 1851 - 1932)
April 12, 1890  
Herbert Mills Birdwood
(1837 - 1907)
February 16, 1895 Acting Governor
Rt. Hon. Baron Sandhurst, G.C.S.I., G.C.L.E.
(William Mansfield, 1857 - 1933)
February 18, 1895  
Rt. Hon. Baron Northcote of Exeter, G.C.I.E., C.B.
(Henry Stafford Northcote, 1846 - 1911)
February 17, 1900  
Sir James Monteath, K.C.S.I.
(1847 - 1929)
September 5, 1903 Acting Governor
Rt. Hon. Baron Lamington, G.C.M.G., G.C.I.E.
(Charles Wallace Cochrane Baillie, 1847 - 1929)
December 12, 1903  
John William Pitt Muir-Mackenzie, C.S.I.
(1854-1916)
July 27, 1907 Acting Governor
Brevet-Col. Sir George Sydenham Clarke, G.C.M.G., G.C.I.E.
(1848 - 1933)
October 18, 1907 Governor of Victoria, Australia, 1901 - 1903
Rt. Hon. Baron Willingdon, G.C.I.E.
(Sir Freeman Freeman-Thomas, 1866 - 1941)
April 4, 1913 Governor of Madras, 1919 - 1924
Governor General of Canada, 1926 - 1931
Viceroy of India, 1931 - 1936
Created Marquess of Willingdon, 1936
Sir George Ambrose Lloyd
(1879 - 1941)
December 1918  
Sir Maurice Hayward
(1868 - 1964)
December 8, 1923 Acting Governor
Col. Sir Leslie Orme Wilson
(1876 - 1955)
December 10, 1923  
Sir Henry Staveley Lawrence
(1870 - 1949)
March 20, 1926 Acting Governor
Sir Frederick Hugh Sykes
(1877 - 1954)
December 8, 1928  
Rt. Hon. Baron Brabourne
(Michael Herbert Rudolph Knatchbull-Hugessen, 1895 - 1939)
April 25, 1931  
Sir Robert Duncan Bell
(1878 - 1953)
May 30, 1937 Acting Governor
Sir Lawrence Roger Lumley
(1896 - 1969)
September 18, 1937  
Sir David John Colville March 24, 1943 served as the last British Governor of Bombay until August 15, 1947

 

 

 

 


 

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