Hon. George Charles Grantley Fitzhardinge Berkeley



Grantley Berkeley was related to the colonial administrator Sir George Berkeley (1819-1905): born Barbados and descended from a branch of the family of the earls of Berkeley; his mother was Elizabeth Pilgrim, daughter of William Murray, of Bruce Vale estate, Barbados; 1845: appointed colonial secretary and controller of customs of British Honduras, where he was also ex officio member of the executive and legislative councils; 1860–61: administered temporarily the government of Dominica; 1864: appointed lieutenant-governor of St Vincent; 1872-1873: governor-in-chief of the west Africa settlements (Sierra Leone, the Gambia, Gold Coast, and Lagos); 1874: offered, and accepted, the government of Western Australia, but did not take up the appointment; sent instead to the Leeward Islands as governor-in-chief (1874-1881).


Chewton Atchley, ‘Berkeley, Sir George (1819–1905)’, rev. Lynn Milne, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2004), http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/30725 [accessed 12/10/2012].