Past Governor Generals



(1772-1829), Major General, born in 1772, was second son of Robert Stewart of Garth, Perthshire, and was descended from James Stewart (grandson of Robert II) who built the castle of Garth at the end of the fourteenth century. He was given a commission as ensign in the 77th (Atholl highlanders) on 21 April 1783, but that regiment was disbanded soon afterwards. He joined the 42nd highlanders on 10 August 1787, became Lieutenant on 8 August 1792, and captain-lieutenant on 24 June 1796.

He served with the 42nd in Flanders in 1794, and went with it to the West Indies in October 1795. He took part in the capture of St. Lucia and St. Vincent, and in the prolonged bush fighting with the Caribs. He was also in the unsuccessful expedition against Porto Rico in 1797.

Stewart returned to Europe with his regiment, was in garrison at Gibraltar, and embarked there with the expedition for the recovery of Minorca in November 1798. But he was taken prisoner at sea, and was detained five months in Spain before he was exchanged.

He went to Egypt with Abercromby's expedition, and was severely wounded at the battle of Alexandria on 21 March 1801. Three months before this, on 15 December 1800, he had obtained a company in the 90th (Perthshire volunteers), but returned to the 42nd on 23 July 1802.

He obtained a majority in the 78th Highlanders, on 17 April 1804, by raising recruits for the second battalion, which was then being formed, a thing that his popularity in the highlands made easy to him. His men were so much attached to him that, when he was at Shorncliffe in the following year, Sir J. Moore interposed to prevent his being sent to India to join the 1st battalion. He went with the 2nd battalion to the Mediterranean in September 1805, and shared in the descent on Calabria.

At Maida, 4 July 1806, he commanded a battalion of light companies, and was again severely wounded. He was appointed Lieutenant Colonel of the West India rangers on 21 April 1808, and took part in the capture of Guadeloupe in 1810. He received a medal with one clasp for this and Maida, and in 1815 he was made C.B. He was promoted colonel in the army on 4 June 1814, and in the following year he was placed on half-pay.


(1912- 1961) Kt. 1959; C.M.G. 1957; M.B.E. 1949; Governor and Commander-in-Chief, Seychelles, since 1958; born 13 June 1912; her son of late Samuel R. Thorp, Tullow, Co. Carlow, and Mary (nee Williams), Mallow, Co. Cork; married 1939, Doreen Mary, oldest daughter of Harold D. Hill, Machakos, Kenya; one son, one daughter.

Education: Campbell College, Belfast; University of Dublin; University of Cambridge (Colonial Service Course).

Foundation Scholar, T.C.D., 1932; B.A. (Dublin), 1st Cl. Moderatorship and Gold Medal, Mental and Moral Science, 1933; Hon. LL.D. (Dublin) 1960. Lecturer in Logic, T.C.D., 1934; Cadet, Colonial Admin, Service, Kenya, 1935; served in the Kitui, Machakos, Turkana, Mombasa, Digo, Isolo, Marsabit, Fort Hall and Nadi Districts. Mil. Service, Northern Frontier Admin. Capt. (Hon.), 1949-1943; acting Secretary, development and reconstruction Authority, 1951; Administrator of Saint Lucia 1953-1957. Lecture tour to American Universities and for Canadian Institute of International Affairs (Ontario and Quebec), 1950, K.St.J. 1958.

Publications: articles in Journal of H.M.'s Overseas Service, JI of East African Nat. Hist. Soc., and sundry periodicals. Recreations: painting, tennis.

Address: Government house, Seychelles; c/o Barclays' Bank Ltd., 52 Regent Street., W.1. Clubs: East India and Sports; Nairobi (Kenya).

Died 13 August 1961. (Who Was Who, 1961-1970 p.1119.)