Henry Foley Knight

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Henry Foley Knight
Governor of Madras Presidency (acting)
In office
February 26, 1946 – May 5, 1946
Governor General Archibald Wavell, 1st Earl Wavell
Premier Tanguturi Prakasam
Preceded by Arthur Hope, 2nd Baron Rankeillour
Succeeded by Archibald Nye
Personal details
Born (1886-01-19)January 19, 1886
United Kingdom
Died United Kingdom
Nationality British
Spouse(s) Jesse Spence Duncan
Profession Civil servant
Religion Christian

Sir Henry Foley Knight KCSI CIE (b. January 19, 1886 - d. 1960) was a British administrator and civil servant who served as the Acting Governor of Madras in 1946.

Early life[edit]

Henry Foley Knight was born to John Henry Knight and Elizabeth Bligh Foley in Farnham on January 19, 1886. He graduated from Caius College, Cambridge and in 1909, passed the Indian Civil Service examinations.


In 1910, Foley was sent to India as an Assistant Collector and Magistrate in Bombay Presidency. He served in the army during the First World War and as an Indian Army Reserve Officer from 1916 to 1919. Between 1919 and 1920, Foley served as an Under Secretary and then, Deputy Secretary of the Revenue and Financial Department of the Government of Bombay.


Knight married Jesse Spence Duncan in 1926 and had one son and one daughter.