Robert William Hay

Robert William Hay
Born 1786
Westminster, London, England
Died May 9, 1861
Nationality British
Occupation Public official
Parent(s) Rev. George William Auriol Hay-Drummond
Elizabeth Margaret (Marshall) Hay-Drummond
Relatives Robert Hay Drummond (paternal grandfather)

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


Early life

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



  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 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
  3. Kathleen Mary Butler, The Economics of Emancipation: Jamaica & Barbados, 1823-1843, Chapel Hill, North Carolina: UNC Press Books, 1995, p. 26

This article is issued from Wikipedia - version of the 7/5/2016. The text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share Alike but additional terms may apply for the media files.