Napier, Lord

Napier, Lord (1810-1890) acting Governor General and Viceroy of India on the assassination of Lord mayo. Until a successor to the murdered viceroy could be appointed in England, Lord Napier was sent from Madras to act as Governor General. He acted as Governor General from 21 November to 2 December 1863. Son of Major Charles Frederick Napier and born in Ceylon, Lord Napier joined the Bengal Engineers in 1828. Later he joined the Bombay army. He commanded the Abyssinian expedition in 1867-68. In his military career Napier rose to be commander-in-chief of the Indian army (1870-76) and Field Marshall (1883). [Sirajul Islam]