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Governor Loch plate

Date made: late 19th century

Description: Earthenware plate with portrait of 'the late' Governor Loch. Circa 1881.

Appointed as Governor of the Isle of Man in 1863, Henry Brougham Loch played a pivotal role in reforming the House of Keys. When funds were urgently required for the rebuilding of the breakwater in Douglas and following the imprisonment of newspaper editor James Brown, Loch became convinced that there should be no taxation of the Manx people without representation and negotiated with the British authorities and the House of Keys for the election of its members. The result was the 'House of Keys Election Act, 1866'. The first public election of the House of Keys took place in 1867.

Loch remained Governor until 1882. During his appointment, he oversaw the development of infrastructure necessary to support the island’s tourist industry including harbour works, the Battery and Victoria Piers in Douglas, and what is now known as Loch Promenade.

Measurements: overall: 1.5 cm x x x 20 cm

Materials: ceramic

Object name: plate

Collection: Social History Collection

ID Number: 1954-4551

Subject tags : #MM100COLLECTIONS


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