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List of colonial governors and administrators of British Cyprus

Governor of British Cyprus
Coat of arms of the governor of Cyprus
StyleHis Excellency
ResidenceGovernment House
AppointerKing/Queen of the United Kingdom
PrecursorHigh Commissioner of Cyprus
Formation10 March 1925
First holderSir Malcolm Stevenson
Final holderSir Hugh Mackintosh Foot
Abolished16 August 1960
SuccessionPresident of Cyprus
Flag of the high commissioner of Cyprus (1881–1905)
Flag of the high commissioner of Cyprus (1905–1925) and the governor of Cyprus (1925–1960)

This article lists the colonial governors and administrators of British Cyprus.

Hitherto Ottoman Cyprus, a territory of the Ottoman Empire, a British protectorate under Ottoman suzerainty was established over Cyprus by the Cyprus Convention of 4 June 1878. The United Kingdom declared war on the Ottoman Empire on 5 November 1914 and annexed Cyprus. Turkey recognised British possession of Cyprus by the Treaty of Lausanne on 24 July 1923 and the island became a Crown Colony on 10 March 1925. Following the London and Zürich Agreements of 19 February 1959 Cyprus became an independent republic on 16 August 1960, and joined the Commonwealth of Nations in 1961.

List of high commissioners (1878–1925)

Portrait Term of office
Lord John Hay
12 July 1878 22 July 1878
Sir Garnet Joseph Wolseley
22 July 1878 23 June 1879
Sir Robert Biddulph
23 June 1879 9 March 1886
Sir Henry Ernest Gascoyne Bulwer
9 March 1886 5 April 1892
Sir Walter Joseph Sendall
5 April 1892 23 April 1898
Sir William Frederick Haynes Smith
23 April 1898 17 October 1904
Sir Charles Anthony King-Harman
17 October 1904 12 October 1911
Hamilton Goold-Adams
12 October 1911 8 January 1915
Sir John Eugene Clauson
8 January 1915 31 December 1918 †
Sir Malcolm Stevenson
31 December 1918
(acting to 31 July 1920)
10 March 1925

List of governors (1925–1960)

Portrait Term of office
Sir Malcolm Stevenson
10 March 1925 30 November 1926
Sir Ronald Storrs
30 November 1926 29 October 1932
Sir Reginald Edward Stubbs
29 October 1932 8 November 1933
Sir Herbert Richmond Palmer
8 November 1933 4 July 1939
William Denis Battershill
4 July 1939 3 October 1941
Charles Campbell Woolley
3 October 1941 24 October 1946
Reginald Fletcher, 1st Baron Winster
24 October 1946 4 August 1949
Sir Andrew Barkworth Wright
4 August 1949 February 1954
Sir Robert Perceval Armitage
February 1954 25 September 1955
Sir John Alan Francis Harding
3 October 1955 22 October 1957
Sir Hugh Mackintosh Foot
3 December 1957 16 August 1960

Deputy governors

See also


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