Robert Eyles Egerton

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Sir Robert Egerton
Lieutenant Governor of Punjab
In office
2 April 1877 – 3 April 1882
Governors GeneralThe Earl of Lytton
The Marquess of Ripon
Preceded bySir Henry Davies
Succeeded bySir Charles Umpherston Aitchison
Personal details
Born(1827-04-15)15 April 1827
Died30 September 1912(1912-09-30) (aged 85)
Alma materExeter College, Oxford
East India Company College

Sir Robert Eyles Egerton KCSI CIE (15 April 1827 – 30 September 1912)[1] was a British administrator in the Imperial Civil Service who served as a member of the Imperial Legislative Council and as Lieutenant Governor of the Punjab.[2]


He was born into the Egerton family, the youngest son of William Egerton.[3] He was educated at Exeter College, Oxford, and the East India Company College.[3]

He began his career in India in 1849. During the Indian Mutiny of 1857 he served as Deputy Commissioner at Lahore. In 1869 he was appointed Commissioner of Nagpur, and in 1871 was made Financial Commissioner of the Punjab. Between 1871 and 1874 he also served as a member of the Governor General's Imperial Legislative Council. In 1879 he was appointed Lieutenant Governor of the Punjab. Egerton retired from service at the end of his term in 1882.[3]

Lord Lytton described Egerton as an administrator with 'loyalty and good sense' and 'a tower of strength to the Administration'.[2]

Personal life[edit]

On 18 April 1853 he married Mary Warren, with whom he had seven children.[4] His daughter, Frances Mary Egerton, married Sir William Mackworth Young.[2]


  • "Obituary – Sir Robert Egerton". The Times. London. 2 October 1912. p. 11.
  1. ^ "Egerton, Sir Robert Eyles, (15 April 1857–30 Sept. 1912), JP, DL; Bengal Civil Service (retired)". WHO'S WHO & WHO WAS WHO. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.u185685. Retrieved 12 June 2021.
  2. ^ a b c "Sir Robert Egerton". The Times. No. 40019. London. 2 October 1912.
  3. ^ a b c Buckland, C. E.. Dictionary of Indian Biography. India, Indological Book House, 1971.
  4. ^ Burke, Bernard, and Burke, Ashworth Peter. A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Colonial Gentry .... United Kingdom, Harrison, 1891.