Ambrose Hardinge Giffard
Sir Ambrose Hardinge Giffard (1771–1827) was chief justice of British Ceylon.
Giffard was born in Dublin in 1771, the eldest son of John Giffard (1745–1819), high sheriff of Dublin in 1794, accountant-general of customs in Dublin, and a prominent loyalist. His mother was Sarah, daughter of William Norton, esq., of Ballynaclash, co. Wexford. Giffard received his Christian names from his relative, Ambrose Hardinge.
After studying for the law he was called to the bar of the Inner Temple, and was appointed chief justice of Ceylon in April 1819. Giffard's health failed, and he was granted leave of absence, but he died on 30 April 1827, while on the homeward voyage, in the "Lady Kennaway", East Indiaman. Before his death a knighthood was conferred upon Giffard, but the title was never gazetted.
Giffard's leisure was devoted to literature, and a selection of poems was published at Ceylon about 1822. Some are reproduced in the Traditions and Recollections of Richard Polwhele.
- Gentleman's Magazine 1827
- Burke's Peerage, s. v. 'Halsbury.'
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