Robert William Hay

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Robert William Hay
Westminster, London, England
DiedMay 9, 1861
OccupationPublic official
Parent(s)Rev. George William Auriol Hay-Drummond
Elizabeth Margaret (Marshall) Hay-Drummond
RelativesRobert Hay Drummond (paternal grandfather)

Robert William Hay (1786–1861) was a British public official.


Early life[edit]

Robert William Hay was born in 1786 in Westminster, London, England.[1] His father was Reverend George William Auriol Hay-Drummond and his mother Elizabeth Margaret (Marshall) Hay-Drummond.[1] His paternal grandfather was Robert Hay Drummond (1711–1776), who served as the Archbishop of York from 1761 to 1776.[1]

He graduated from Christ Church, Oxford, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1807 and a Master of Arts degree in 1809.[1]


From 1812 to 1824, he served as Private Secretary to Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville (1742-1811), who was First Lord of the Admiralty, and then served as Victualling Commissioner in the British Royal Navy.[1]

He served as the Permanent Under-Secretaries of State for the Colonies from 1825 to 1836.[1][2][3] However, James Stephen (1789-1859) is credited with doing much of the work.[1]

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1814.[4]


He died on May 9, 1861 in Malta.[1]


  • Hay Street, a major road in the central business district of Perth, Western Australia, is named in his honour.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Hay, Robert William (1786–1861), Australian Dictionary of Biography
  2. ^ Robert Charles Lee, The Canada Company and the Huron Tract, 1826-1853: Personalities, Profits and Politics, Dundurn, 2004, p. 230 [1]
  3. ^ Kathleen Mary Butler, The Economics of Emancipation: Jamaica & Barbados, 1823-1843, Chapel Hill, North Carolina: UNC Press Books, 1995, p. 26 [2]
  4. ^ "Fellows details". Royal Society. Retrieved 23 January 2017.