James Stuart
1796 - 1797
AfterWelbore Ellis Doyle
1797 - 1797
AfterPeter Bonnevaux
1797 - 1797
Welbore Ellis Doyle
Military Governors | British - (1797 - 1797)
Major general Welbore Ellis Doyle (1758–1797) was the 3rd Military Governor of British Ceylon. He was appointed in 1 January 1797 and was Governor until 2 July 1797. He was succeeded by Peter Bonnevaux.
 
Doyle was born in 1758 in Dublin, brother of John Doyle. He joined the army in 1770 as an Ensign in the 55th Foot, and was promoted Lieutenant in September 1773. He served in North America with his brother from 1775, seeing action in the American War of Independence. Elevated to Captain of the 55th Foot in November 1777. Under Rawden he served at the Battle of Camden 1781, then led a small force to raid Snow Island, March. He sailed back to the UK with his brother and Rawdon later that year, but was captured en route by the French fleet, to be later exchanged. He was appointed Lieutenant-Colonel of the 105th Foot (former "Volunteers of Ireland") in March 1782, but placed on half-pay after the peace. He was Military Envoy to Poland and Warsaw during the 1780s. Doyle was made Lieutenant-Colonel of the 14th Foot in March 1789, and commanded the regiment in the Flanders Campaign under the Duke of York in 1793. He distinguished himself at the Battle of Famars 22 May by leading an attack on an entrenched camp. After an initial rebuff from a French force that could be heard playing the patriotic march "Ça Ira" to urge on its men, Doyle ordered his own men to strike up the same tune, saying "We'll beat them to their own damned tune". The position was taken and the 14th Foot were ordered by York to henceforth use "Ça Ira" as their marching tune in honour of the occasion. Doyle was appointed Brigadier-General in November 1794, and promoted Major-General in February 1795. After the evacuation from Holland he joined the Royalist survivors of Quiberon at the Île d'Yeu with 4 British foot regiments & 3 Royalist cavalry units from September, commanding the total 5,000 men. He commanded the attack on Hedic and Houat in August. Eventually this force was obliged to withdraw due to serious supply problems after the failure of the Vendeans to raise support. Doyle was Colonel of the 51st Foot November 1796-January 1798. He was then dispatched to India, spending some time at the Cape of Good Hope 1796. Appointed Military Commander in Chief at Ceylon after his arrival on 1 January 1797, he died there suddenly on 30 June aged 39.
RULERS
Military Governors
1. Patrick Alexander Agnew1795 - 1796
2. James Stuart1796 - 1797
3. Welbore Ellis Doyle1797 - 1797
4. Peter Bonnevaux1797 - 1797
5. Pierre Frederic de Meuron1797 - 1798
Resident Superintendent
1. Robert Andrews1796 - 1798
British Governors
1. Frederick North1798 - 1805
2. Thomas Maitland1805 - 1811
3. John Wilson1811 - 1812
4. Robert Brownrigg1812 - 1820
5. Edward Barnes1820 - 1822
6. James Campbell1822 - 1824
7. Edward Paget1822 - 1822
8. Edward Barnes1824 - 1831
9. John Wilson1831 - 1831
10. Robert Wilmot-Horton1831 - 1837
11. James Alexander Stewart-Mackenzie1837 - 1841
12. Colin Campbell1841 - 1847
13. The Viscount Torrington1847 - 1850
14. James Emerson Tennent1847 - 1847
15. Charles Justin MacCarthy1850 - 1850
16. George William Anderson1850 - 1855
17. Charles Justin MacCarthy1855 - 1855
18. Henry George Ward1855 - 1860
19. Charles Justin MacCarthy1860 - 1863
20. Charles Edmund Wilkinson1860 - 1860
21. Henry Frederick Lockyer1860 - 1860
22. Terence OBrien1863 - 1865
23. Hercules Robinson1865 - 1872
24. Henry Turner Irving1872 - 1872
25. William Henry Gregory1872 - 1877
26. James Robert Longden1877 - 1883
27. Arthur Hamilton-Gordon1883 - 1890
28. John Douglas1883 - 1883
29. Arthur Elibank Havelock1890 - 1895
30. Edward Noel Walker1895 - 1896
31. Joseph West Ridgeway1896 - 1903
32. Everard Fim Thurn1903 - 1903
33. Henry Arthur Blake1903 - 1907
34. Henry Edward McCallum1907 - 1913
35. Hugh Clifford1907 - 1907
36. Reginald Edward Stubbs1913 - 1913
37. Robert Chalmers1913 - 1915
38. Reginald Edward Stubbs1915 - 1916
39. John Anderson1916 - 1918
40. William Henry Manning1918 - 1925
41. Reginald Edward Stubbs1918 - 1918
42. Cecil Clementi1925 - 1925
43. Edward Bruce Alexander1925 - 1925
44. Hugh Clifford1925 - 1927
45. Arthur George Murchison Fletcher1927 - 1928
46. Herbert Stanley1928 - 1931
47. Graeme Thomson1931 - 1933
48. Bernard Henry Bourdillon1931 - 1931
49. Graeme Tyrrell1933 - 1933
50. Reginald Edward Stubbs1933 - 1937
51. Maxwell MacLagan Wedderburn1937 - 1937
52. Andrew Caldecott1937 - 1944
53. Henry Monck-Mason Moore1944 - 1948
Ceylonese Executive Councils
British Kings
1. King George III1760 - 1820
2. King George IV1820 - 1830
3. King William IV1830 - 1837
4. Queen Victoria1837 - 1901
5. King Edward VII1901 - 1910
6. King George V1910 - 1936
7. King Edward VIII1936 - 1936
8. King George VI1936 - 1948
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