Sir Henry Edward Fox Young

23rd Apr 1803 - 18th Sep 1870


Biography

Colonial administrator, son-in-law of Charles Marryat (q.v.). And named after his godfather General Henry Edward Fox, brother of the Whig statesman, Charles James Fox.

Born 23/04/1803 in Bradborne, Kent, the third son of Sir Aretas William Young and his wife Sarah née Cox. Admitted to the Inner Temple 1827 but probably didn't practice as he moved to Trinidad where his father was a colonial administrator. Married Augusta Sophia, daughter of Charles Marryat, in London 15/04/1848.

Held administrative positions in the West Indies, Cape Colony and Australia:

in July 1827 joined his father in Trinidad. By 1830 moved to Demerara, British Guiana, where he became a confidential clerk in the colonial secretary's office, aide-de-camp to the governor and acting recorder of the Orphan Chamber. 1831: deputised as protector of slaves while his father was on leave. In November 1833 Young was appointed treasurer at St Lucia, arriving in March 1834. Served as a member of the Council, as acting colonial secretary and puisne judge. March 1835: promoted government secretary in British Guiana. In 1846 he returned to England, and in February 1847 was knighted and appointed lieutenant-governor of the eastern districts of the Cape Colony, but transferred in June to South Australia. Returned to England to marry. 1 August 1848 the Youngs arrived in Adelaide. Retired and returned to Britain in 1861.

Died 18/09/1870. Left a personal estate of £7000.

Sources

H. J. Gibbney, 'Young, Sir Henry Edward Fox (1803–1870)' in the Australian Dictionary of Biography, accessed 20/11/2012.


Further Information

Absentee?
British/Irish
Spouse
Augusta Sophia Marryat
Children
2 sons, 5 daughters
Wealth at death
£7,000
School
Dean's School Bromley
Occupation
Colonial administrator
Religion
Anglican

Legacies Summary

Imperial (5)

Treasurer
St Lucia 
Government Secretary
British Guiana 
Lieutenant-Governor
Cape of Good Hope 
Governor
Australia: South Australia 
Governor
Australia: Tasmania 

Relationships (2)

Son-in-law → Father-in-law
Brother-in-laws

Addresses (5)

British Guiana
Notes →

Period in British Guiana interrupted by period in St Lucia (1834).

Australia
Bradbourne, Kent, South-east England, England
Trinidad
77 Kensington Gardens Square, London, Middlesex, London, England