The Honourable Sir John Gayer.
Sir John Gayer was Governor of Bombay, and assumed charge of office May 17th, 1694, making it over November, 1704
Under Gayer, Waite, and Aislabie, that is from 1694 to 1715, Bombay Governors held the title of General.
During the last three years (1701 to 1704) of his nominal command Gayer was in confinement at Surat.
In 1711 he made his will in Bombay Castle.
He left £5,000 for the benefit of young ministers of the same principles as Kichard Baxter. Non- conformists might do well to inquire what has become of this benefaction.
Sir John Gayer was a nephew of the Sir John*Gayer who was Lord Mayor of London in 1646, a remarkable man, who had travelled a great deal, and, for aught we know, may have been in India.
When he was in Africa a lion passed without injuring him. For this deliver- ance he founded " The Lion Sermon," which is still preached annually in London.