(Last Updated on : 17-08-2012)
Robert Montgomery, formally known as Sir Robert Montgomery GCSI, KCB, LLD, was the Second Lieutenant Governor of Punjab
, which was annexed by British East India Company
in 1849 after Second Anglo Sikh War through Treaty of Lahore, from the year 1859 to 1865. He was also one of the chief British colonial administrators of British India. Robert Montgomery was born in the year 1809 at the family seat at New Park, Moville, Donegal County, Ireland. Sir Robert Montgomery went to British India when he was merely 17 years of age and initially he joined the British Indian Civil Service
. He acquired a doctoral degree in law after the completion of Doctor of Law. Eventually Montgomery was appointed at an esteemed position as a Commissioner in Cawnpore.
During the beginning of the Sepoy Mutiny
in 1857, also known as the Great Revolt of 1857, Sir Robert Montgomery became the Lieutenant Governor of Lahore in Punjab, British India, in May 1857. He instantaneously disarmed the native garrison that forbade them from taking any action in the Indian rebellion. Montgomery was awarded with a knighthood for this action. He was later appointed as the Chief Commissioner of Oudh on 3 April 1858. He served the position till 15 February 1859.
Sir Robert Montgomery GCSI, KCB, LLD was later elected as the second Lieutinent Governor of Punjab. He served in office from 25 February 1859 to 10 January 1865. Montgomery was preceded by Sir John Lawrence and succeeded by Sir Donald McLeod. He served as the Lieutenant Governor of Punjab in British India, up to an advanced age. He was knighted with the Knight Grand Commander of the Most Exalted Order of the Star of India
and the Knight Commander (KCB) or Dame Commander (DCB) of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath, (formerly known as The Most Honourable Military Order of the Bath).
Sir Robert Montgomery GCSI, KCB, LLD was married in British India and also had a family in the nation. Henry, his second son, was the father of Field Marshal Montgomery. Montgomery died in the year 1887 in British dominated India. After his death, his son Henry inherited the family estate in Ireland.