Chennai Trivia

It is trivia time now.

Name the Governor of Madras, who was a brother of one Governor General of India and son in law of another Governor General of India. He spent about 4 years as Governor of Madras, and was widely praised for his administration. But he had to resign under a scandal, and his wife divorced him – a rare case in the 19th century. We still remember him though with a prestigious institution named after him in Chennai.

Once I get the answers, will write a detailed post on this interesting incident of Raj era Madras.

16 Comments so far

  1. vatsan (unregistered) on April 10th, 2007 @ 9:50 pm

    is it Robert Bourke? and the institution Connemara?

  2. david (unregistered) on April 10th, 2007 @ 11:08 pm

    Lord Ripon?

  3. Navneeth (unregistered) on April 10th, 2007 @ 11:51 pm

    I thought of Ripon too, but do we have an institution named Ripon.


  4. Ramki (unregistered) on April 10th, 2007 @ 11:52 pm

    I am very sure that it must be Lord Ripon…

    But Chenthil Nathan, even if we are wrong, please do put up the write up of on that interesting incident (or scandal or whatever)….

  5. Vasanth Kumar Gopalakrishnan (unregistered) on April 11th, 2007 @ 12:20 am

    Interesting !! Should be Robert Bourke also known as Lord Connemara ( and the institution Connemara

  6. yogesh (unregistered) on April 11th, 2007 @ 2:19 am

    Beilby Lawley, 3rd Baron Wenlock..that is if its none of the above…here is the link

  7. Nilu (unregistered) on April 11th, 2007 @ 2:27 am

    The Governor of Madras — Robert Bourke, 1st Baron Connemara. He was the son-in-law of Lord Dalhousie, who was a Governor-General of India and was instrumental in the British capturing all of India. He put forward the infamous Doctrine of Lapse.
    Robert’s brother was The Earl of Mayo, Richard Bourke, who became the Viceroy in 1869.

  8. Kokki_jacobus (unregistered) on April 11th, 2007 @ 5:35 am

    Dalhousie also arranged the transfer of the ‘Koh-i-noor’ to the British

  9. beachsundal (unregistered) on April 11th, 2007 @ 10:21 am

    Robert Bourke a.k.a Lord Connemara

  10. Chenthil (unregistered) on April 11th, 2007 @ 3:20 pm

    The Governor in question is Robert Bourke, the First Baron of Connemara. As Nilu has pointed out, his brother Lord Mayo was the Viceroy in 1869 and his father in law Lord Dalhousie was the Governor General in 1850s.

    It was a easly googlable question. The scandal was about Lord Connemara’s affinity towards other women. Check my next post in the metblogs.

  11. Ram (unregistered) on April 13th, 2007 @ 7:38 am

    It is Robert Brouke (Lord Connemara)

  12. sam (unregistered) on April 13th, 2007 @ 9:13 am

    I am an NRI but my family roots are from Chennai the funny thing that I find is that the former CM was a non Tamilian and so is the current governer of TN who is from Punjab. The most popular actor is a non Tamilian and the majority of actresses in Tamil cinema are also non Tamilian. It seems the people of TN have a bias and promote non Tamilains rather than there own people quite strange. I don’t see this occuring in any other parts of India there is no CM in other states who are non natives. So why is TN the only place in India why this system is being followed quite strange.

  13. Ravages (unregistered) on April 13th, 2007 @ 1:29 pm

    Sam: How true. Yes, tamilians are not giving their language and their culture the prominence it deserves. See, for example, even you are writing in English and have a non-tamilian name. Quite strange. We should first change your name…

  14. sam (unregistered) on April 13th, 2007 @ 9:36 pm

    ம்ய் ரெஅல் னமெ இஸ் ஸ்வமினதன் ரவகெஸ் இ கன் வ்ரிடெ இன் Tஅமில் இஃப் யொஉ விஷ் புட் ஈ டொன்’ட் க்னொவ் ஹொவ் மன்ய் பெஒப்லெ வில்ல் உன்டெர்ஸ்டன்ட் இஃப் இ டொ திஸ். Dஒ யொஉ னொட் அக்ரீ வித் வ்ஹட் இ அம் ஸயின்க்? ஈ மெஅன் ஆன்த்ர Pரடெஷ் இஸ் அ ஸ்டடெ தட் டொஎஸ் னொட் ஹவெ அன்ய் மினிஸ்டெர்ஸ் ஒர் CM’ஸ் வ்ஹொ அரெ னொன் Tஎலுகு பெஒப்லெ. Sஒ வ்ஹ்ய் இஸ் இட் தட் Tஅமில்ஸ் அரெ தெ ஒன்ல்ய் பெஒப்லெ இன் ஈன்டிஅ ஒர் ஃஇன்டிஅ இ மெஅன் வ்ஹொ அல்லொவ் ஒதெர்ஸ் டொ கொமெ இன்டொ Tந் அன்ட் கொன்ட்ரொல் இட். Cஅன் யொஉ எxப்லைன் திஸ் ஃபொர் மெ அன்ட் ப்லெஅஸெ டொன்’ட் ஸய் பெகௌஸெ Tஅமில்ஸ் அரெ ஒபென் மின்டெட் அஸ் திஸ் இஸ் னொட் அ ரெஅல் அன்ஸ்வெர். Mஅப்யெ தெ ஒபென் மின்ட் தட் டமிலிஅன்ஸ் ஹவெ ஹஸ் பீன் தெ கௌஸெ வ்ஹ்ய் தெய் கெட் லிட்ட்லெ ரெஸ்பெக்ட் இன் ஈன்டிஅ.

  15. Ramki (unregistered) on April 14th, 2007 @ 10:39 pm

    Chenthil, that was interesting… so Lord Connemera was involved in sex scandal? And this was in the so called “Victorian Era” as they say…. Must be a real scandal indeed….

  16. sam (unregistered) on April 17th, 2007 @ 9:17 am

    What is the matter Ramki you have no response to what I wrote this time or is it that you can understand what is written?

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