Deal Castle - Captains


Since it was first built, Deal Castle has had a Captain. Until the early 18th century, the captain commanded the garrison. However, since that time the title has become purely honorary.

Year Captain
1540 Thomas Wingfield
1551 Thomas Boys
1569 John Baker
1572 Peter Hammond
1599 Matthew Bredgate
1611 Erasmus Finch
1611 William Byng
1625 Thomas Pulnetby
1643 William Batten
1648 Thomas Rainsborough
1648 Captain Wyne
1648 Re. Maj. Samuel Kemm
1648 Col. Nathaniel Rich
1653 Samuel Taverner
1660 William Byng
1661 Col. Silius Titus
1671 Capt. Francis Digby
1672 Francis, Lord Hawley
1673 Sir John Berry, Bt.
1690 Lt. Col. Sir John Granville
1690 Sir Francis Wheeler, Kt. (died 1694)
1745 John Norris
1777 Francis Godolphin Osborne, Marquis of Carmarthen
1786 George Augustus, 9th Lord North
1799 Hon. Francis North
1802 Robert Smith, 1st Baron Carrington
1838 William Wellesley-Pole, Lord Maryborough
1843 James Andrew Broun-Ramsay, Earl of Dalhousie
1847 Richard Charles Francis Meade, Earl of Clanwilliam
1879 John Robert Townshend, Earl of Sydney
1890 Farrer Herschell, 1st Baron Herschell
1899 Rt. Hon. Lord George Francis Hamilton, P.C.
1923 Field Marshal, The Earl of Ypres, John French
1925 Field Marshal Lord Allenby
1927 Rufus Isaacs, Marquis of Reading
1934 Field Marshal Lord Birdwood
1951 vacant
1972 General Sir Norman Tailyour, K.C.B., D.S.O.
1980 Maj. Gen. Ian Harrison
2009 Maj. Gen. G S Robison, and henceforth tied to the appointment of Commandant General Royal Marines

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