Vice-Regal Spouses

Following is a list of the spouses of the Lieutenant Governors of Nova Scotia who have resided at Government House Halifax.  

A female spouse of the Lieutenant Governor may be referred to as the "Chatelaine" which references her status as the "mistress of the household" or the woman in charge of the family dwelling.  

Please note that a few of the Lieutenant Governors had more than one spouse during their lifetime, this chart reflects the spouse who resided with them at Government House during their spouse's term in office as Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia.

Lady Wentworth Portrait Left: A portrait of Lady Frances Wentworth, the first vice-regal spouse to take up residence in Government House.  The original portrait by John Singleton Copley hangs in the New York Public Library. A reproduction was acquired in 1999 by then Lieutenant Governor, the Hon. J.J. Kinley and his wife Grace, for Government House and is proudly on display in the Ballroom next to the portrait of her husband, Sir John Wentworth. 
Lieutenant GovernorSpouse
Sir John WentworthFrances, Lady Wentworth (née Deering)
LGen Sir George PrevostCatherine Anne, Lady Prevost (née Phipps)
LGen Sir John Coape SherbrookeKatharina, Lady Sherbrooke (née Pyndar)
The Rt. Hon. George Ramsay, 9th Earl of DalhousieChristina, Countess of Dalhousie (née Broun)
Gen Sir James Kempt--
Gen Sir Peregrin MaitlandLady Sarah Maitland (née Lady Sarah Lennox)
MGen Sir Colin CampbellJane, Lady Campbell (née Harden)
The Rt. Hon. Lucius Bentinck Cary, 10th Viscount FalkandLady Amelia, Viscountess Falkland (née Fitzclarence)
LGen Sir John HarveyHon. Elizabeth, Lady Harvey (née Lake)
Gen Sir John Gaspard Le MarchantMargaret Anne Le Marchant (née Taylor)
The Rt. Hon. George A.C. Phipps, 2nd Earl of MulgraveLaura, Countess of Mulgrave (née Russell)
Sir Richard Graves MacdonnellBlanche Anne, Lady Macdonnell (née Skurray)
Gen The Hon. Sir William Fenwick Williams--
LGen The Hon. Sir Charles Hastings Doyle--
The Honourable Joseph HoweCatherine Susan Howe (née McNab)
The Honourable Sir Adams George ArchibaldElizabeth, Lady Archibald (née Burnyeat)
The Honourable Matthew Henry RicheySarah Lavinia Richey (née Anderson)
The Honourable Archibald Woodbury McLelanCaroline McLelan (née Metzler)
The Honourable Sir Malachy Bowes DalyJoanna Mary, Lady Daly (née Kenny)
The Honourable Alfred Gilpin JonesEmma Jones* (née Albro)
The Honourable Duncan Cameron FraserBessie Fraser (née Grant Graham)
The Honourable James Drummond McGregorRoberta MacGregory (née Ridley)
The Honourable David MacKeenJane Kate MacKeen (née Crerar)
The Honourable P. MacCallum GrantLaura McNeill Grant (née Parker)
The Honourable James Robson DouglasMarion Genevieve Douglas (née Stevens)
The Honourable James Cranswick ToryCaroline Emma Tory (née Whitman)
The Honourable Frank Thomas StanfieldSarah Emma Stanfield (née Thomas)
The Honourable Walter Harold CovertMary Jane "Minnie" Covert (née McColough)
The Honourable Robert IrwinMary Prescott Irwin (née McGill)
The Honourable Frederick Francis MathersMargaret Ethel Mathers (née Bligh)
LCol The Honourable Henry Ernest KendallMargaret Kendall (née McLennan)
The Honourable John Alexander Douglas McCurdyMargaret Millicent McCurdy (née Ball)
The Honourable Alistair FraserJane Fraser (née Ross)
MGen The Honourable Edward Chester PlowMary Plow (née Lynch)
The Honourable Henry Poole MacKeen, MDAlice Richardson MacKeen (née Tilley)
Brigadier The Honourable Victor de Bedia OlandNancy Jane Oland (née Medcalfe)
The Honourable Clarence Lloyd Gosse, MDElizabeth Gosse (née Carten)
The Honourable John Elvin ShaffnerNell Margaret Shaffner (née Potter)
LCol The Honourable Alan Rockwell AbrahamRose Marie Abraham (née Belliveau)
The Honourable Lloyd Roseville CrouseMarion Cavell Crouse (née Fraser)
The Honourable John James KinleyGrace Elizabeth Kinley (née MacPherson)
The Honourable Myra Ava FreemanLawrence A. Freeman, QC
The Honourable Mayann Elizabeth Francis--
BGen The Honourable John James GrantJoan Beatrice Grant (née Fraser)
The Honourable Arthur Joseph LeBlancRosemarie Patricia (Patsy) LeBlanc (née Lirette)

 * Several references state that The Hon. Alfred Gilpin Jones's daughter, the author Alice Jones, acted as Chatelaine during her father's term in office.


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