Malachy Bowes Daly

The Hon.
Sir Malachy Bowes Daly
7th Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia
In office
July 11, 1890  July 26, 1900
Monarch Victoria
Governor General The Lord Stanley of Preston
The Earl of Aberdeen
The Earl of Minto
Premier William S. Fielding
George Henry Murray
Preceded by Archibald McLelan
Succeeded by Alfred Gilpin Jones
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Halifax
In office
Serving with Matthew Henry Richey
Preceded by Alfred Gilpin Jones
Patrick Power
In office
Serving with John Fitzwilliam Stairs
Succeeded by Alfred Gilpin Jones
Thomas Edward Kenny
Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons (Canada)
In office
February 10, 1885  January 15, 1887
Preceded by Position Created
Succeeded by Charles Colby
Personal details
Born (1836-02-06)February 6, 1836
Quebec City, Lower Canada
Died April 26, 1920(1920-04-26) (aged 84)
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Political party Liberal-Conservative
Relations Dominick Daly, (father)

Sir Malachy Bowes Daly, KCMG (February 6, 1836 April 26, 1920) was a Canadian politician and the seventh Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia.

Early life

Born in Quebec City, the son of Sir Dominick Daly, he was called to the bar in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1864.

Political and administrative career

Daly was a private secretary to his father and to three governors of Nova Scotia: Sir Richard Graves MacDonnell, Sir Charles Hastings Doyle, and Sir William Fenwick Williams.

He was elected to the House of Commons of Canada in the riding of Halifax in the 1878 federal election. A Liberal-Conservative, he was re-elected in the 1882 elections. From 1885 to 1887, he was the Deputy Speaker and Chairman of Committees of the Whole of the House of Commons. From 1890 to 1900, for two terms, he was the lieutenant-governor of Nova Scotia. In the New Year Honours list January 1900, he was knighted as a Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG).[1]

Outside politics, he was also a cricketer, playing twice for the Canada national cricket team in 1874.[2] He also scored the first century in Canadian cricket in Halifax during the 1858 cricket season.[3]


At Halifax, July 4, 1859, he married Joanna Kenny, second daughter of Sir Edward Kenny, a cabinet minister in the Sir John A. Macdonald government. On retiring from the Governorship, he, Lady Daly and their daughter, Miss Daly, were honoured by public testimonials. He was given a magnificent dressing case; Lady Daly was given a diamond star pendant and Miss Daly was given a diamond ring. Lady Daly served as a volunteer and as President of the Ladies' Auxiliary in connection with the Mission to Deep Sea Fisheries. She was an amateur actress, and performed at Government House in Nova Scotia.[4]


  1. The London Gazette: no. 27150. p. 2. 2 January 1900.
  2. Other matches played by Malachy Daly at CricketArchive
  3. Notable feats in Canadian cricket
  4. Morgan, Henry James Types of Canadian women and of women who are or have been connected with Canada : (Toronto, 1903)


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