List of questions regarding Governors General [GG]:

SOURCES [abbreviations]

- The Canadian encyclopedia: year 2000 edition. McClelland & Stewart Inc. [CA]
- Official web site of GG (www.gg.ca) [gg.ca]
- "Letters Patent Constituting the Office of Governor General of Canada Effective October 1, 1947" (full text available)

GENERAL ISSUES:

GG STYLE

The style was defined by a "Letters Patent Constituting the Office of Governor General of Canada". I am aware of at least three of them:

1. before 1905: "On June 16, 1905, a second Commission was issued that appointed Lord Grey as "Governor General of Canada and Commander-in-Chief of the Dominion of Canada". This reflected the passing of the Militia Act in 1904, and resulted in changes to the Letters Patent Constituting the Office of the Governor General." [gg.ca]

I assume that the very first "Letters Patent..." might be found in "British North America acts and selected statutes: (together with pre-Confederation statutes and documents, a short historical review, a chapter on responsible government and a chapter on the years preceding Confederation; together also with many acts and orders in council relating to Canada and its Provinces; to which has been added the letters patent constituting the office of Governor General of Canada together with the commission and instructions, also the form of commission of an instructions to the Lieutenant-Governors. Abundant notes accompany all these statutes and documents), 1867-1962" / Maurice Ollivier. - Ottawa : R. Duhamel, Queen's printer, [1962].

2. The Canada Gazette Published by Authority Ottawa, Saturday, June 16, 1917 (page 4408) PROCLAMATION -- "In Testimony Whereof, We have caused these Our Letters to be made Patent, and the Great Seal of Canada to be hereunto affixed. WITNESS: Our Right Trusty and Right Entirely Beloved Cousin and Counsellor, Victor Christian William, Duke of Devonshire, Marquess of Hartington, Earl of Devonshire, Earl of Burlington, Baron Cavendish of Hardwicke, Baron Cavendish of Keighley, Knight of Our Most Noble Order of the Garter; One of Our Most Honourable Privy Council; Knight Grand Cross of Our Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George; Knight Grand Cross of Our Royal Victorian Order, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Our Dominion of Canada."

3. 23 Mar 1931: "Whereas by certain Letters Patent under the Great Seal bearing date at Westminster the Twenty-third day of March, 1931, His late Majesty King George the Fifth did constitute, order, and declare that there should be a Governor General and Commander-in-Chief in and over Canada, and that the person filling the office of Governor General and Commander-in-Chief should be from time to time appointed by Commission under the Royal Sign Manual and Signet: And whereas at St. James' on the Twenty-third day of March, 1931, His late Majesty King George the Fifth did cause certain Instructions under the Royal Sign Manual and Signet to be given to the Governor General and Commander-in-Chief: And whereas it is Our Will and pleasure to revoke the Letters Patent and Instructions and to substitute other provisions in place thereof: Now therefore We do by these presents revoke and determine the said Letters Patent, and everything therein contained, and all amendments thereto, and the said Instructions, but without prejudice to anything lawfully done thereunder (...)" [from the FULL TEXT of "Letters Patent Constituting the Office of Governor General of Canada Effective October 1, 1947"]

4. 8 Sep 1947: "We do hereby constitute, order, and declare that there shall be a Governor General and Commander-in-Chief in and over Canada, and appointments to the Office of Governor General and Commander-in-Chief in and over Canada shall be made by Commission under Our Great Seal of Canada." [from the FULL TEXT of "Letters Patent Constituting the Office of Governor General of Canada Effective October 1, 1947"]

Therefore, there was at least 3 styles:

- Some style different from "Governor General of Canada and Commander-in-Chief of the Dominion of Canada" (Governor General of the Dominion of Canada?)
- "Governor General of Canada and Commander-in-Chief of the Dominion of Canada" (from 16 Jun 1905 [changes to Letters Patent might have been made later] to 23 Mar 1931 [provided that it went into effect the same day])
- "Governor General and Commander-in-Chief in and over Canada" [from 23 Mar 1931 (provided that it went into effect the same day); the Letters Patent of 1947 did not change the style]

INAUGURATION VENUE (only <...> are questionable)

Known and unknown venues:

MONCK: 1 Jul 1867, sworn in, Executive Council Chamber, <...>, Ottawa, Ontario
LISGAR: 2 Feb 1869, sworn in, <...>, Montréal, Québec
DUFFERIN: 25 Jun 1872, sworn in, <...>, Québec City, Québec
LORNE: 25 Nov 1878, sworn in, Assembly Chamber, Province House, Halifax, Nova Scotia
LANSDOWNE: 23 Oct 1883, sworn in, <...>, Québec City, Québec
STANLEY: 11 Jun 1888, sworn in, <...>
ABERDEEN: 18 Sep 1893, sworn in, <...>, Québec City, Québec
MINTO: 12 Nov 1898, sworn in, <...>, Québec City, Québec
GREY: 10 Dec 1904, sworn in, Red Chamber, Province House, Halifax, Nova Scotia
CONNAUGHT: 13 Oct 1911, sworn in, <...>, Québec City, Québec
DEVONSHIRE: 11 Nov 1916, sworn in, Red Chamber, Province House, Halifax, Nova Scotia
BYNG: 11 Aug 1921, sworn in, <...>, Québec City, Québec
WILLINGDON: 2 Oct 1926, sworn in, <...>, Québec City, Québec
BESSBOROUGH: 4 Apr 1931, sworn in, Red Chamber, Province House, Halifax, Nova Scotia
TWEEDSMUIR: 2 Nov 1935, <...>, Québec City, Québec
ATHLONE to CLARKSON: all: Senate Chamber, Parliament Buildings, Ottawa, Ontario

Issues:

- where in Ottawa MONCK was sworn in?
- where in Montréal LISGAR was sworn in?
- where in Québec City DUFFERIN, LANSDOWNE, ABERDEEN, MINTO, CONNAUGHT, BYNG, WILLINGDON and TWEEDSMUIR were sworn in? (The Citadel?)
- where was STANLEY sworn in?

ADMINISTRATORS

I understand that the Administrators were appointed now and then whenever the GG left Canadian soil (I have a very detailed list for Australia, but not for Canada), so I do not intend to include all caretakers except for the cases when the GG's term was terminated by death (Tweedsmuir 1940, Vanier 1967):

From Collier's Year Book: "Lord Tweedsmuir, Governor-General of Canada since the fall of 1935, died in Montréal on Feb. 11, 1940, just as the country was entering upon the election campaign. Lord Tweedsmuir had been ill for some time and his death was not unexpected. He was born John Buchan in Perth, Scotland, on Aug. 26, 1875, the son of Rev. John Buchan and Helen Masterton Buchan. He was an author, publisher, and historian, active in British politics before receiving his appointment to Canada. He had been a popular Governor-General and there was, at the time of his death, a strong movement to have him reappointed at the end of his five-year term. Sir Lyman Duff, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, was sworn in as Administrator of Canada on the evening of Feb. 11, to serve until the appointment of a new Governor-General."

Could this information be verified adding the venue of Duff's swearing-in ceremony?

Also, there is no information on VANIER's caretaker.

ISSUES RELATED TO PARTICULAR GOVERNORS GENERAL^

MONCK: 1. Did he have a double surname: STANLEY-MONCK? 2. WHERE did he die? Charleville, Enniskerry, Ireland OR Enniskerry, Wicklow Co., Ireland

LISGAR: Need to be confirmed: 2nd Baronet (from <...> 1848); 1st Baron Lisgar (from 2 Nov 1870 ?)

DUFFERIN: ALL his peerage titles with ALL precise dates.

LORNE:
LANSDOWNE:
STANLEY:
ABERDEEN:
MINTO: - when did he die? 1 May 1914, Minto Castle, near Hawick, Scotland [CA]; 1 Mar 1914 [gg.ca]; 1 Mar 1914, Minto, Roxburgh, Scotland [BRITANNICA]
GREY:
CONNAUGHT:
DEVONSHIRE:
BYNG: - when created viscount?
WILLINGDON:
BESSBOROUGH: - when did he inherit earldom? when the 8th Earl of Bessborough died?
TWEEDSMUIR:
ATHLONE to CLARKSON: