John Shore, 1st Baron Teignmouth(1751-1834), Governor-General of India
Sitter in 6 portraits
Teignmouth sailed for India in 1768 as a writer for the East India Company, a trading organisation with effective political control of Britain's Asian territories. He was controversially appointed Governor-General of India in 1792. The statesman and philosopher Edmund Burke protested vainly at the choice. He accused Teignmouth of being 'a principal actor and party in certain offences' for which the corrupt former Governor-General of Bengal, Warren Hastings, had infamously stood trial in 1787. In the event, Teignmouth's time in office was largely successful. His failure to deal with the trouble brewing in Mysore - resulting in the war of 1789-92 - was, however, harshly criticised.