Person NameBarkly family of Mount Eagle; family; Ross and Cromarty
ActivityThe Barkly family of Mounteagle, Ross and Cromarty, were descended from the Berkely's of Gloucestershire. Theobald de Berkely (d 1174) settled in Scotland in 1141. Aeneas Barkly (1768-1836), was the youngest of five sons of Alexander Barkly, merchant of Cromarty, and Christian Urquhart, daughter of the Laird of Mounteagle. Aeneas Barkly became a sugar merchant in London with Graham and Davidson. He became the most prosperous member of the Barky family and was made his father's heir in return for paying the debts on the family farm. Aeneas also inherited the estate of Mounteagle following the Laird's death. In 1805 he married Susannah Louisa Ffrith, daughter of a Jamaican coffee planter. Their only surviving son was Henry. Aeneas died suddenly on 17 August 1836. Henry Barkly (1815-1898) was educated at Bruce Castle near Tottenham and joined the company of Graham and Davidson, which from 1807 became Davidson and Barkly. From 1845-1848 he was Member of Parliament for Leominster, Hereford. From 1849-1853 he was the Governor of British Guiana. In 1853 he returned to England and created Knight of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG). Subsequently, he was Governor of Jamaica, 1853-1856. Victoria, 1856-1863, Mauritius, 1863-1870, and of the Cape of Good Hope, 1870-1877. He returned to England in 1877 and died in 1898.
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