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taken from A.W.Moore Supplement to History of the Isle of Man

Date Governor (Earlier title was Captain)
English Suzerainty
? 1290 Richard de Burgh (Burgo)
? 1293 John Balliol
? 1298 Antony Bek
1310 Henri de Bello Monte
1311 Piers Gaveston
1312 Henri de Bello Monte
Direct Rule - see Lords
1399 Henry de Percy (Earl of Northumberland)
1405 Michael Blundel
1417 John Litherland
[?1418] ? John Fazakerly (given in Manx Note Book - also by Feltham; John Cote was arrained for arguing with Fazakerly in 1428)
1422 John Walton
1428 Henry Byron
no records from 1428-1496
1496 Peter Dutton
1497 Henry Radcliffe
1508 (?1505) Ralph Rushton
1511 John Ireland
1518 John Fazakerley (? 1418 - confusion though given in Quayle's list)
1521 Thomas Danport
1527 Henry Stanley
1532 John Ffleming
1536 George Stanley
1545 William Stanley
1552 Henry Stanley
1576 John Harmer
1580 John Sherburn [? Richard Sherburne (or Shireburne) of Stonyhurst 1578-1591 - Richard - the second son of Richard Sherburne of Stonyhurst, born 1546, was appointed Captain of IoM, moved there with first wife who died 1591, same year as his father (had 5 children + a illegitimate daughter - he moved back to Stoneyhurst, remarried 1611 (moved body of 1st wife back to Stonyhurst, a recusant Catholic].
Bishop Meyrick [? unlikely]
1592 Cuthbert Gerrard (+ Thomas Mortimer Deputy Captain)
1593 William Stanley
1594 Ranulph Stanley - died 1595 and supposed buried at Kirk Malew
1595 Thomas Gerard (Imposed by Queen Elizabeth)[Governor to 1608]
1596 Piers Legh [Captain to 1597, Deputies William Lucas, Edward Ellis, Edward More, Charles Young, Thomas Molyneux until 1609]
1599 Cuthbert Gerard [? deputy]
1600 Robert Molyneux [? deputy ]
1609 John Ireland
1623 Frederick Liege [?]
1626 Edward Holmewood
1627 Charles Gerard
1639 Ffoulkes Hunckes
1640 John Greenhalge [Greenhalgh]
1651 Philip Musgrave
Colonel R. Dukinfield
1652 Matthew Cadwal
1656 William Christian
1659 James Chaloner
1660 Roger Nowel
1664 Bishop Barrow
1673 Henry Nowell (deputy from 1662)
1677 Henry Stanley
1678 Robert Heywood
1690 Roger Kenyon
1693 William Sacheverell
1696 Nicholas Sankey (col)
1701 James Cranstoun
1703 Robert Maudesley
1713 Charles Z. Stanley
1718 Alexander Horne (deputy from 1713)
1723 John Lloyd
1725 Thomas Horton
1736 James Murray
1744 Patrick Lindsey
1751 Basil Cochrane
1761 John Wood
1777 Edward Smith
1793 John Murray, later Fourth Duke

after 1832 all were tititled Lieutenant Governor

1832 John Ready
1845 Chas. Hope
1860 Francis-Stainsby-Conantt Piggot
1863 H B Loch
1888 Spencer Walpole
1893 John W. Ridgeway
1895 Lord Henniker
1902 Lord Raglan
1918 Sir Wm. Fry
1925 Sir Claude Hill
1931 Sir Montagu Butler
1937 Vice-Admiral the Earl of Granville
1945 Air Vice-Marshal Sir G.Bromet
1952 Sir Ambrose D. Flux Dundas
Lieutenant-Governors - usually resident whereas Governor was generally non-resident
1773 Henry Hope
1775 Richard Dawson
1790 Alexander Shaw
1804 Lord Henry Murray
1805 Cornelius Smelt

Some additional information from

J.R Dickenson The Lordship of Man under the Stanleys 1996


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