Robert William Keate

Robert William Keate
Commissioner of the Seychelles
In office
Preceded by Charles Augustus Etienne Mylius
Succeeded by Charles William Bhering, Viscount Bhering
17th (British) Governor of Trinidad
In office
26 January 1857  1864
Preceded by B. Brooks
Succeeded by John Henry Thomas Manners-Sutton
8th Governor of Natal
In office
Preceded by John Bisset
Succeeded by Anthony Musgrave
Governor of the Gold Coast
In office
7 March 1873  17 March 1873
Preceded by Charles Spencer Salmon
Succeeded by Robert William Harley
Personal details
Born (1814-06-16)16 June 1814
Westminster, London, UK, UK
Died 17 March 1873(1873-03-17) (aged 58)
Cape Coast Castle, Gold Coast
Nationality British
Relations Robert Keate (father), John Keate (great-uncle)
Alma mater Eton College, Christ Church, Oxford
Robert William Keate
Personal information
Full name Robert William Keate
Domestic team information
1844 Hampshire (pre-county club)
1835–1848 Marylebone Cricket Club
1834–1837 Oxford University
Career statistics
Competition FC
Matches 39
Runs scored 387
Batting average 6.14
100s/50s –/–
Top score 30
Balls bowled ?
Wickets 2
Bowling average ?
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling ?
Catches/stumpings 8/–
Source: Cricinfo, 2 May 2010

Robert William Keate (16 June 1814 – 17 March 1873) was a career British colonial governor, serving as Commissioner of the Seychelles from 1850 to 1852, Governor of Trinidad from 1857 to 1864, of Natal from 1867 to 1872, and of Gold Coast from 7 March 1873 to 17 March 1873.

Early life and family

Keate was born in 1814 in Westminster, London, one of four children of Robert Keate, the brother of John Keate. Keate was educated at Eton College and later Christ Church, Oxford.

Cricket career

Keate made his first-class debut for the Gentlemen in the 1832 Gentlemen v Players fixture. While attending Christ Church, Keate made his first-class debut for Oxford University in 1834 against the Marylebone Cricket Club. From 1834 to 1837, he represented the University in 3 first-class matches.

In 1835, he made his debut for the Marylebone Cricket Club against Cambridge University. From 1835 to 1848, he represented the club in 21 first-class matches, making his final appearance for the club against Oxford University.

In 1844, he represented pre-county club Hampshire in a single first-class match against the Marylebone Cricket Club. In addition, Keate played first-class cricket for the Gentlemen of Kent, the Fast Bowlers (which indicates Keate was a quick bowler of some sort), the Gentlemen of England and an early England team against Kent in 1840.

In his overall first-class career, he scored 387 runs at a batting average of 6.14, with a high score of 30. With the ball he took 2 wickets and in the field he took 8 catches.

Colonial service

Commissioner of the Seychelles

In 1850, Keate was appointed as the Commissioner of the Seychelles. This was a position he held from 1850 to 1852.

Governor of Trinidad

Keate later joined the colonial civil service upon, and was sent to the West Indies in 1857 as Governor of Trinidad, a position he held from 26 January 1857 to 1864.

Governor of Natal

In 1867, Keate was appointed the Governor of Natal, a position he held from 1867 to 1872.

Governor of Cape Coast

In 1872, Keate was appointed the Governor of the Gold Coast from 7 March 1873 to 17 March 1873. Keate died at Cape Coast Castle in the Gold Coast on 17 March 1873, just ten days into his Governorship.[1]


Government offices
Preceded by
Charles Augustus Etienne Mylius
Commissioner of the Seychelles
Succeeded by
George Thompson Wade
Preceded by
B. Brooks
Governor of Trinidad
Succeeded by
Sir John Henry Thomas Manners-Sutton
Preceded by
John Bisset
Governor of Natal
Succeeded by
Sir Anthony Musgrave
Preceded by
Charles Spencer Salmon
Governor of the Gold Coast
Succeeded by
Robert William Harley
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