Reginald Talbot

For the Anglican Dean of Rochester, see Reginald Talbot (priest).
Major-General The Honourable
Sir Reginald Talbot

As depicted by "Spy" (Leslie Ward) in Vanity Fair, 22 July 1897. Caption reads Aldershot Cavalry.
11th Governor of Victoria
In office
25 April 1904  6 July 1908
Monarch Edward VII
Premier Sir Thomas Bent
Preceded by Sir George Clarke
Succeeded by Sir Thomas Gibson-Carmichael
Personal details
Born (1841-07-11)11 July 1841
London, England
Died 15 January 1929(1929-01-15) (aged 87)
London, England
Nationality British
Spouse(s) Margaret Jane Stuart-Wortley
Occupation Soldier
Military service
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Years of service 1859–1903
Rank Major General
Commands British troops in Egypt (1899–02)
1st Regiment of Life Guards (1885–86)
Battles/wars Anglo-Zulu War
Nile Expedition
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath

Major General Sir Reginald Arthur James Talbot KCB (11 July 1841 15 January 1929) was a British Army officer, Member of Parliament, and Governor of Victoria in Australia.

Early life

Talbot was born in London, the third son of Henry, Viscount Ingestre (later 3rd Earl Talbot and then 18th Earl of Shrewsbury) and Lady Sarah Elizabeth, née Beresford, daughter of the 2nd Marquess of Waterford. After attending Harrow School, he joined the British Army and became a sub-lieutenant in the 1st Regiment of Life Guards in 1859.[1]

Political and military career

From 1869 to 1874, Talbot represented Stafford in the British House of Commons for the Conservative Party. On 8 May 1877, he married Margaret Jane Stuart-Wortley, granddaughter of the 1st Baron Wharncliffe.[1]

He returned to active service in the army, fighting in the Anglo-Zulu War, Egypt and taking part in the unsuccessful Nile Expedition to relieve General Charles George Gordon in Khartoum.[1] Talbot was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in 1885 and was advanced to KCB in 1902. He became General Officer Commanding the British troops in Egypt in 1899.[2]

Governor of Victoria

He was sworn in as Governor of Victoria on 25 April 1904. His tenure was marked by Talbot's determination to achieve visible improvement, and his reports to Britain favourably compared Victoria's economic and educational statistics to those of 1903.[1]

Talbot died in London on 15 January 1929.[1]


Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Walter Meller
Henry Davis Pochin
Member of Parliament for Stafford
With: Thomas Salt
Succeeded by
Alexander Macdonald
Thomas Salt
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir George Clarke
Governor of Victoria
Succeeded by
Sir Thomas Gibson-Carmichael
Military offices
Preceded by
George Salis-Schwabe
Colonel of the 3rd (Prince of Wales's) Dragoon Guards
Succeeded by
Sir Nevill Maskelyne Smyth
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