PYNE, WILLIAM ROWLAND

?1837 - after 1885 from England


colonial secretary, was the son of William Pyne 'gentleman'. In 1858 a note on Colonial Office files states that Wm Pyne, 'near 21 years' of Upton Grove, Slough, Middlesex is to take his place as government clerk in Stanley. He was said to speak French and be a fair accountant. Appointed in February 1858, he arrived on 10 May in the British schooner Victoria. The colonial secretary, LONGDEN, warned Pyne in writing on 20 December 1859 to be more diligent and loyal to the governor. But on Longden's transfer, Governor MOORE recommended Pyne be promoted to permanent colonial secretary: he had been acting 'to my entire satisfaction'. The Colonial Office doubted whether he was 'man enough' for the post, but in September 1862 he was appointed acting colonial secretary and confirmed at a salary of £350. In December 1862 he was appointed magistrate, as well as shipping master, officer of customs, treasurer and postmaster. He served on ExCo from 1863-1867. During March 1864, Pyne accompanied Governor MACKENZIE on a tour of all the Camp stations on the steamer HMS Stromboli.

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On 9 December 1862 he married Louisa Jane, the daughter of Dr HAMBLIN, at Stanley. A Lionel GF Pyne - possibly his son - was a clerk in the Trinidad administration in 1885.

Pyne went on leave in 1867 and was appointed president of Montserrat. In 1870 he became stipendiary magistrate in British Guiana {Guyana} and in 1872 moved to Trinidad as receiver-general until 1884. He was acting colonial secretary there in 1876 and in 1880, when he administered the government. He was also a member of LegCo. His last entry in the Colonial Office list is 1885.

Authors

David Tatham

Revisions

May 2019: A member of the Pyne family comments: 'Pyne married Louisa Jane Hamblin (born Walsall in 1838) Their first two children were Lionel George Falkland Pyne born 1864 and Herbert Henry Stanley Pyne born 1866. According to the 1871 English census they were both born in the Falkland Islands. Lionel George Falkland Pyne became Chief Assistant Secretary, Gold Coast.
William Rowland Pyne was President of Montserrat between 1867 - 1869 (where his daughter Eleanor L. Pyne was born abt. 1868) and Governor of Trinidad and Tobago in 1880 (where his daughter Winfred Emily Pyne was born abt. 1875). William Rowland Pyne died in Port of Spain, Trinidad in 1885'.

May 2019 Photograph added

July 2019 The National Archivist of the Falkland Islands Government comments:
Lionel George Falkland PYNE was born 30 August 1863 in Stanley and baptised 13 February 1864.
Henry Rowland Stanley PYNE was born 14 September 1865 in Stanley and baptised 8 January 1866.