Contact Government House  
Main Line: 441.292.3600

Governor's Office Fax: 441.292.6831

Deputy Governor's Office Fax: 441.296.1930

Physical Address:

11 Langton Hill
Pembroke HM13

Mission Statement  

To work in harmony with the community for a stable, prosperous and well-governed Bermuda.

History of Government House (2)  

Government House stands on 33 acres on Langton Hill overlooking the North Shore in the Parish of Pembroke.   It was built in 1892, replacing an earlier Governor's residence called Mount Langton, after a Scottish estate belonging to Sir James Cockburn, Governor of Bermuda from 1814-1816. The architect, William Cardy Hallet, designed the new Government House in the Italianate style which romanticized the revival of the villas of Tuscany and Umbria characterized by square towers and asymmetrical plans.

The House today includes a large drawing room and dining room for formal entertaining, both of which open onto a long enclosed glass sun terrace overlooking the pool and garden. These rooms make it versatile and flexible for entertaining large or small groups all year around and provide the perfect space with plenty of light to display many works of art, antique furniture and sculpture. All the paintings are of Bermudian images by artists living on the Island or those visiting its shores over the years. The Collection continues through the corridors and upstairs in The Royal Suite and the private quarters of the Governor and his wife which overlook the North Shore towards Dockyard and the 4 guest bedrooms whose verandah offers a good view of Hamilton. Some of the artwork is part of the Government Collection having been donated by individuals or by the National Trust. The rest is on loan from Masterworks Foundation and local artists and these are always changing.

The gardens are maintained by the Parks Department. They consist of a kitchen garden, citrus grove, and banana plantation; self-generating forests; meadows and numerous small quarries planted out or covered in wild flowers, paw paw and palms. Three children’s kitchen gardens for the local primary schools were started in the grounds of Government House by Mrs Fergusson shortly after her arrival in Bermuda. Horses used to be kept in the paddock and exercised on what is now a large open green meadow. There are three terraces with herbaceous borders and a rose garden. Many ceremonial trees have been planted by members of the Royal Family, Prime Ministers, Presidents, Cabinet Ministers, Governors and First Ladies.

As the largest open green area in the Parish, it has fine examples of every endemic and native species of vegetation that existed before man inhabited the Island. These are crucial to ward off erosion and wind damage from tropical storms, hurricanes and winter gales. Much of the Island in the last 50 years has seen the spread of invasives which threaten the survival of these plants and there has been a concerted effort to eliminate these shrubs and trees. A blue bird trail of 20 nesting boxes has always been a feature of the garden which attracts hundreds of migrating and native birds year round.

Government House is not only an official residence but also a working office for over 20 people employed as executive, secretarial and domestic staff for the Governor and the Deputy Governor. As a stunningly beautiful landmark, it is very visible from the road or water with its off-white stone towers and arches. Bermuda is an Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom and enjoys a high degree of self government. The Governor's flag is a Union Jack with the Bermuda arms on a white disc encircled by a green garland. It is in a direct line to the flag pole of the Bermuda Maritime Museum, the former site of the British Naval Dockyard on the most Westerly point of the Island. And those who live and work in the House enjoy a panoramic view of much of the Island and the boat traffic from St. George's to Dockyard or Hamilton Harbour as the deep channel passes just below the House on the North Shore.

Previous Governors of Bermuda (2)  


The first Governor under the Crown was Sir Richard Robinson, appointed April 12, 1687, even though Col. R. Coney (1683-1687) was confirmed by the Crown in 1685. Others actually held the post of Governor from 1612 when Richard Moore was in the seat. From 1612 until 1687 Governors were being appointed under the Bermuda Company.

Governors- 17th Century
Governors- 18th Century
1612 Richard Moore
1616 Daniel Tucker
1619 Nathaniel Butler
1622 Capt. John Bernard
1623 Capt. Henry Woodhouse
1626 Capt. Philip Bell
1629 Capt. Roger Wood
1637 Capt. Thomas Chaddock
1641 Capt. William Sayer
1642 Capt. Josias Forster
1643 Capt. William Sayer
1644 A Triumvirate: William Sayer, S. Paynter & W. Wilkinson
1645 Capt. Josias Forster
1645 The Triumvirate
1647 Capt. Thomas Turner
1649 John Trimingham (Elected by the People)
1650 Capt. Josias Forster
1659 Capt. William Sayer
1663 Capt. F. Seymour
1668 S. Whalley
1669 Sir John Heydon
1681 Capt. F. Seymour
1683 Col. Richard Coney
1687-1690 Sir Richard Robinson
1691-1693 Isaac Richier
1693-1698 Capt. John Goddard
1698-1700 Samuel Day
1701-1713 Capt. Benjamin Bennett
1713-1718 Henry Pulleine
1718-1722 Capt. Benjamin Bennett
1722-1727 Sir John Hope
1727-1728 John Trimingham
1728-1737 Capt. John Pitt
1737-1738 Andrew Auchinleck
1738-1744 Alured Popple
1744-1747 Francis Jones
1747-1751 William Popple
1751-1755 Francis Jones
1755-1763 William Popple
1763-1764 Francis Jones
1764-1780 George James Bruere
1780- Thomas Jones
1780-1781 George James Bruere
1872-1788 William Browne
1788-1794 Henry Hamilton (Lt. Gov.)
1794-1796 James Crawford
1796- Henry Tucker
1796- William Campbell
1796-17~8 Henry Tucker
1798-1803 George Beckwith
Governors- 19th Century
Governors- 20th Century +
1803-1805 Henry Tucker
1805-1806 Francis Gore (Lt. Gov.)
1806- Henry Tucker
1806-1810 John Hodgson
1810-1811 Samuel Trott
1811-1812 Sir James Cockburn
1812- William Smith
1812-1816 George Horsford (Lt. Gov.)
1814-1816 Sir James Cockburn
1816-1817 William Smith
1817-1819 Sir James Cockburn
1819- William Smith
1819-1822 Sir William Lumley
1822- 1823 William Smith
1823-1825 Sir William Lumley
1825-1826 William Smith
1826-1829 Sir H. Turner
1829- Robert Kennedy (Act. Gov.)
1829-1830 Sir H. Turner
1830- Robert Kennedy (Act. Gov.)
1830-1832 Sir H. Turner
1832-1835 Sir R.S. Chapman
1835- Henry G. Hunt (Act. Gov.)
1835-1836 Robert Kennedy
1836-1839 Sir R.S. Chapman
1839-1846 Lt. Col. William Reid
1846- W.N. Hutchinson
1846-1852 Sir Charles Elliott..KCB
1852-1853 W,H. Eden (Act. Gov.)
1853- George Philpots (Act. Gov.)
1853- Soulden Oakley (Act. Gov.)
1853- Thomas C. Robe (Act. Gov.)
1853- Soulden Oakley (Act. Gov.)
1853-1854 Sir Charles Elliott, KCB
1854- Montgomery Williams (Act. Gov.)
1854-1859 Col. Freeman Murray
1859- AT. Heniphill (Act. Gov.)
1859-1860 William Munroe
1860-1861 Col. Freeman Murray
1861-1864 Col. H. St. George Ord, CB
1864- William Munroe (Act. Gov.)
1864-1865 W.H. Hamley (Lt. Gov.)
1865-1866 Col. H. St. George Ord, CB
1866-1867 W.H. Hamley (Lt. Gov.)
1867- Arnold Thompson (Act. Gov.)
1867-1870 Sir F. E. Chapman
1870- W. F. Brett (Lt. Gov.)
1871-1877 Maj. Gen. R. M. Laffan, KCMG
1877-1882 Lt. Gen. Thomas L. J. Gaiwey
1888-1891 Lt. Gen. E. N. Newdigate, CB
1892-1896 Lt. Gen. C. Lyons, CB
1896-1901 Lt. Gen. 0. Digby Barker, CB

1902-1904 Lt. Gen. Sir Henry LeGuay Geary, CB
1904-1907 Lt. Gen. Sir Robert M. Steward, KCB
1907-1908 Lt. Gen. Sir Josceline H. Wodehouse, KCB
1908-1912 Lt. Gen. Sir Frederick Walter Kitchener
1912-1917 Lt. Gen. Sir George M. Bullock, KCB
1917-1922 Gen. Sir James Willlcocks, GCB, GCMG, KCS, DSO
1922-1927 Lt. Gen. Sir J. J. Asser, KCB, KCMC, KCVO
1927-1931 Lt. Gen. Sir Louis Jean Bols, KCB, KCMC, KCVO
1931-1936 Lt. Gen. Sir Thomas Astley-Cuhhitt, KCB, CMG, DSO
1936-1939 Lt. Gen. Reginald Heldyard, KCB, CMG, DSO
1939-1941 Lt. Gen. Sir Denis John Charles Kirwas Bernard, KCB, CMG, DSO
1941-1943 The Rt. Hon. Viscount Knollys, KCMG, MBE, DFC
1943-1945 The Rt. Hon. Lord Burghley, Marquess of Exeter, KCMG
1946-1949 Admiral Sir Ralph Leatham, KCB
1949-1955 Lt. Gen. Sir Alexander Hood, CBE, KCB, KCVO
1955-1959 Lt. Gen. Sir John Woodall, KCMG, KBE, CB, MC
1959-1964 Maj. Gen. Sir Juliam Gascoigne, KCMG, KCVO, CB, DSO
1964-1972 The Rt. Hon. Lord Martonmere, PC, KCMG
1972-1973 Sir Richard Sharples (Ass. Mar. 10, 1973) KCMG, OBE, MC
1973-1977 Sir Edwin Leather, KCMG, KCVO, LLD
1977-1980 The Hon. Sir Peter Ramsbotham, GCMG, GCVO
1980-1983 The Hon. Sir Richard Posnett, KBE, CMG
1983-1988 Viscount Dunrossil, CMG
1988-1992 Major-Gen Sir Desmond Langley, KCVO, MBE
1992-1997 The Rt Hon Lord Waddington, GCVO, PC, QC
1997-2002 Thorold Masefield, CMG
2002-2007 Sir John Vereker, KCB
2007-2012 Sir Richard Gozney, KCMG, CVO
2012- Mr. George Fergusson