Robert Fullerton (governor)

Robert Fullerton (governor)

Robert Fullerton, was born in 1773 in Edinburgh, Scotland. He was the son of Rev. William Fullerton.


Robert Fullerton (born Edin., Scotland 1773; d. Lon. 1831) was a Governor of Penang and also the first Governor of Straits Settlements, appointed by the Colonial Office, London. He died in 1831 in London, England.

Penang 1824-1829

Robert Fullerton received his original appointment on 4 Feb 1824 and was Governor of Prince of Wales Isle from 20 Aug 1824 to 1826 after which he became the Governor of the newly incorporated Straits Settlements of Singapore (including Christmas Island and the Cocos-Keeling group), Penang (including Province Wellesley), and Malacca under the British administration in India. The Governor of the Straits Settlements was assisted by three Resident Counsellors; the Resident Counsellor of Penang, the Resident Counsellor of Malacca and the Resident Counsellor of Singapore.

Robert Fullerton became the the first Governor of the Straits Settlements, based in Penang, and served in that capacity from November 27, 1826 to November 12, 1829. The departure of the last Governor is also recorded in the Gazette. The issue of 29 August 1829 carries the following notification:

"The Honorable the Governor, being about to proceed to Singapore and Malacca, NOTICE is hereby given that this station will cease to be the seat of Government from the date of his departure, and the charge of the settlement will devolve upon the Honorable Robert Ibbetson, Resident Councillor; to whom all local references will be made." [New Ways of Knowing: The Prince of Wales Island Gazette—Penang’s First Newspaper by Geoff Wade, University of Hong Kong; Email, Presented at The Penang Story – International Conference 2002 18-21 April 2002, The City Bayview Hotel, Penang, Malaysia organised by The Penang Heritage Trust & STAR Publications]

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Governor of Penang


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