Edward Hopton

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Lieut-General Sir Edward Hopton was a British Army officer who became Lieut-Governor of Jersey.

Early life

Hopton was born in 1837 in Bishops Frome, Herefordshire, the eldest son of the Reverend W P Hopton and his wife Diana. He was educated at Eton College and joined the Army in 1854.

Military career

Hopton was commissioned into the 79th Foot. He fought at the Siege of Sevastapol during the Crimean War and at the Siege of Lucknow during the Indian Mutiny and then served with the Connaught Rangers during the 9th Xhosa War of 1877 to 1878. He went on to be Colonel of the Connaught Rangers and was appointed Lieut-Governor of Jersey in 1895.

During the Second Boer War he had some difficulty maintaining order in Jersey in the face of Pro-Boer attitudes of some of the French Islanders. In retirement he became Deputy Lieutenant of Herefordshire.


In 1874 he married Clare Ellen Trafford; they had two sons and two daughters.


This article is taken from the Wikipedia biography of Edward Hopton

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