Lothian Nicholson

Lieutenant-General Sir Lothian Nicholson KCB (19 January 1827 27 June 1893) was Governor of Gibraltar.

Sir Lothian Nicholson
Lt. Gen. Sir Lothian Nicholson
Born(1827-01-19)19 January 1827
Died27 June 1893(1893-06-27) (aged 66)
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Years of service1846–1893
AwardsKnight Commander of the Order of the Bath


He was the son of George Thomas Nicholson and his wife Anne Elizabeth Smith, daughter of William Smith. Educated at Mr Malleson's School in Hove and at the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, Nicholson was commissioned into the Royal Corps of Engineers in 1846. In 1855 he was sent to the Crimean War where he took part in the Siege of Sevastopol.[1]

In 1857 Nicholson went to Calcutta to help suppress the Indian Rebellion.[1] He was present at the capture of Lucknow.[2]

He was appointed to command the Royal Engineers in the London District in 1861 and then the Royal Engineers in Gibraltar from 1868.[1] Later that year he became Assistant Adjutant-General for the Royal Engineers in Ireland.[1]

In 1878 he was made Lieutenant Governor of Jersey and in 1886 he was made Inspector-General of Fortifications.[1] In 1891 he became Governor of Gibraltar: he died in office in 1893[1] and is buried in North Front Cemetery there.[3]


  1. Stearn, Roger T. "Nicholson, Sir Lothian". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/20144.(Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  2. Edward Talbot Thackeray (2009). Biographical Notices of Officers of the Royal Engineers. BiblioBazaar. p. 66. ISBN 978-1-110-03794-0.
  3. North Front Cemetery Archived 31 August 2012 at the Wayback Machine
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir William Norcott
Lieutenant Governor of Jersey
Succeeded by
Henry Wray
Preceded by
Sir Leicester Smyth
Governor of Gibraltar
Succeeded by
Sir Robert Biddulph
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