Lieutenant Governor Octavius Temple
Youngest son of Rev. William Johnston Temple and Anne Stow, father of Stowe Margaret Temple and husband of Dorcas Carveth
Octavius was baptised on 27th April 1784 at St Gluvius, Cornwall. The Godparents were Sir Christopher Hawkins. Bart, M.P. and his wife.
He went to school at Likseard in February 1796 - In his father’s diaries he mentions with pleasure, under the date 23rd July 1796. "Octavius jumped out of the carriage conveying him to school, and obliged his conductor to return, still crying and saying he should never see me again ....... nothing can be more amiable than his disposition.”. Octavius’s father died within a month of that incident.
Commissioned Ensign in 4th Foot 1799.
Lieutenant in the 4th and 48th
Captain in the 38th and 14th
On 8th July 1805 at Probus in Cornwall Octavius married Dorcas Carveth. They were introduced by Sir Christopher Hawkins, Octavius’s Godfather. Octavius is noted in the Parish Register as a Captain in the 38th Regiment.
The children of Octavius and Dorcas are on the following page
Brevet-major on 4th June 1814. His battalion, the 2nd, formed part of the force sent from Genoa to hold Marseilles during the Waterloo campaign. The 3rd battalion of his regiment was at Waterloo.
After the war he was stationed in Malta.
Autumn 1819 finds him in the Ionian Islands as sub-inspector of Militia.
In 1820 he was appointed resident in Santa Maura, Ionian Islands, for the Lord High Commissioner
In 1828 he was transferred to Corfu as Administrator of the ecclesiastical and municipal revenues
In 1830 he returned to England and purchased a farm - Axon, near Culmstock, Devon.
On 2nd November 1833 he accepted the Lieutenant-Governorship of Sierra Leone and a month later he was also made the general superintendent of The Liberated Africans' Department.
On his death on 13th August 1834 a dispatch was sent from the Secretary of State to the officer administering the government of Sierra Leone, which read "His Majesty has received with much regret the intelligence of Lieutenant-Governor Temple's death, and has been pleased to approve of the measures which were taken to honour the memory of that meritorious officer".
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