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 House, Earsdon, Northumberland, and his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of Charles Brandling MP, of Gosforth House, Northumberland.[1] Grey was educated at Eton, followed by University College, Oxford, graduating in 1806, and elected a fellow of Oriel College, Oxford in 1808.[1][2] 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 from 1825 to 1832.[1]

In 1835, Grey was made a Privy Counsellor and awarded Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Guelphic Order (GCH) in 1836.[1] He was the elected Member of Parliament for 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) and in 1846 was appointed Governor of Jamaica.[1]

He retired to England in 1853. He died in Tunbridge Wells in 1865 and was buried in Kensal Green Cemetery.[1]

In April 1821, before his departure for Madras, he married Elizabeth (1801–1850), second daughter of Revd Sir Samuel Clarke Jervoise, Bt, of Idsworth Park, Hampshire. They had four sons and four daughters.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i 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