The Marquess of Hastings General Francis Rawdon Hastings died at sea off Naples on 28 Nov 1826 and was succeeded by Sir Patrick Cavendish Ponsonby, who took office in Feb 1827. Ponsonby, however, only became a Lieutenant Governor, as following the death of Hastings, Malta was placed on the establishment of a Lieutenant Governorship.
On 12 May 1826, the British Government decided that as the Maltese were subjects of the Crown, they were entitled to volunteer for military service. Those regiments stationed at Malta, the Ionian Islands, and Gibraltar were to enlist men in the proportion of 5 Maltese for ever 100 men present on the regimental establishment.
Commanding officers had to apply to the Secretary at War for authority to charge from time to time the established rate of bounty for such Maltese recruits as were enlisted.
In Dec 1826, the regimental hospital of the troops in the Cottonera District was moved from Fort Ricasoli to the Inquisitor's Palace Vittoriosa. The hospital from Fort Ricasoli was moved to the barracks at the Isola Marina.
Baptisms Marriages Deaths
Anne de Valletta Fidler born on 2 Mar 1826, daughter of Deputy Commissary General William Fidler and his wife Anne, was baptised on 1 Apr 1826.
Richard Eaton Inspector of Ordnance Accounts for the Mediterranean married Elizabeth Saunders a spinster of Ivinghoe in the County of Buckinghamshire on 15 July 1826.
Floriana Officers' Mess
On 1 Jan 1826, work commenced on converting the Floriana Market into an Officers' Mess. The market covered an area of 145 by 105 feet, and overlooked the granaries.
The Floriana Officer's Mess was completed on 31 July 1826. The work was superintended by Col George Whitmore RE, and was completed on budget. Its estimated expense was £1300 9s 10d; its actual expense £1301 4s 6d.
Board of Health
The Board of Health, which had been suppressed by the first Colonial Governor Sir Thomas Maitland, was re-established on 28 Feb 1826.
On 5 Apr, the Government vested the exclusive control of the Sanitary Laws of Malta in the Board of Health, which met for the first time on 6 Apr 1826.
In 1826, the old burial ground on the Floriana Parade was broken up. It had been closed for over 20 years, and the few British tombs were taken to the lower burial ground which was then in use.