Charles Edward Grey

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Sir Charles Edward Grey GCH (1785 – 1 June 1865) was an English judge and colonial governor.

He was a younger son of Ralph William Grey of Backworth.[1] Grey was educated at Eton, followed by University College, Oxford, graduating in 1806, and elected a fellow of Oriel College, Oxford in 1808.[2][1] He was called to the bar in 1811, and appointed a commissioner of bankruptcy in 1817.[1] In 1820 he was appointed a Judge in the Supreme Court of Madras and knighted, serving until his transfer to be Chief Justice on the Supreme Court of Bengal in 1825.[1]

In 1835, Grey was made a Privy Counsellor.[1] He was made GCH in 1836.[1] He was a Member of Parliament, representing the constituency of Tynemouth and North Shields from 1838 to 1841.[1]

In 1841 he was appointed Governor of Barbados and the Windward Islands, covering St Lucia, Trinidad, Tobago and St Vincent.[1]

In 1846 he was appointed Governor of Jamaica.[1] He retired to England in 1853.[1] He died in Tunbridge Wells.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Katherine Prior, ‘Grey, Sir Charles Edward (1785–1865)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, May 2006 accessed 17 April 2014
  2. ^ Errol Hill (1992). The Jamaican Stage, 1655-1900: Profile of a Colonial Theatre. Univ of Massachusetts Press. p. 171. ISBN 0-87023-779-9. 
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
George Frederick Young
Member of Parliament for Tynemouth and North Shields
Succeeded by
Henry Mitcalfe
Political offices
Preceded by
Charles Henry Darling
Governor of Barbados
Succeeded by
William Reid
Preceded by
George Henry Frederick Berkeley (acting)
Governor of Jamaica
Succeeded by
Sir Henry Barkly