|Monarch King Edward VII|
Allegiance United Kingdom
Spouse Margaret Wortley
Preceded by Sir George Clarke
Years of service 1859–1903
Education Harrow School
Name Reginald Talbot
Party Conservative Party
Role Military officer
Service/branch British Army
|Born 11 July 1841 (age 87), London, England, UK (1841-07-11) |
Succeeded by Thomas Gibson-Carmichael, 1st Baron Carmichael
Died 15 January 1929 (aged 87) London, England
Similar Henry Winneke, David de Kretser, Richard McGarvie
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
Talbot died in London on 15 January 1929.