Robert Henry Davies

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Sir Henry Davies
Lieutenant Governor of Punjab
In office
20 January 1871 – 2 April 1877
Governors GeneralThe Earl of Mayo
The Earl of Northbrook
The Earl of Lytton
Preceded bySir Henry Marion Durand
Succeeded bySir Robert Eyles Egerton
Personal details
Born(1824-09-20)20 September 1824
Died23 August 1902(1902-08-23) (aged 77)
Chobham, England, United Kingdom
Resting placeThorney Abbey
Alma materEast India Company College

Sir Robert Henry Davies, KCSI, CIE (20 September 1824 – 23 August 1902), known as Sir Henry Davies, was a British colonial official in British India, who served as Lieutenant Governor of the Punjab.


Davies was born in 1824, the son of a Welsh physician, Sir David Davies, who was a physician to King William IV.[1] He was educated at Charterhouse School and the East India Company College ("Haileybury"). He became a writer (clerk) in the Bengal civil service in 1844 and was an official under the East India Company and the British Raj for the rest of his career.

He served as assistant to the Commissioner of the Sutlej states, and later as settlement officer of the Lahore division. Transferring to Oudh State, he was Chief Commissioner there from 1868 until 1871 (having acted in the post 1865–66), then became Lieutenant Governor of the Punjab in 1871, serving until 1877.[2][3]

Davies was created a Knight Commander of the Order of the Star of India (KCSI) in 1874, and appointed a Companion of the Order of the Indian Empire (CIE) in 1877.

After his return to the United Kingdom, he was a member of the Council of India, based in London, from 1885 until 1895, when he retired.[4]

Davies died at Halebourne, Chobham on 23 August 1902,[5] and is buried in the churchyard of St Mary and St Botolph, Thorney, Cambridgeshire.[1][6]


Davies married first Jane Elizabeth Cautley, daughter of Major General G. Cautley. After the death of his first wife, he remarried Mary France Cautley, daughter of Rev. Joshua Cautley. She died in 1879.[5] His brother, William Henry Davies, was a first-class cricketer.


  1. ^ a b "The contribution of Welshmen to the administration of India". Transactions of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion – via Welsh Journals Online.
  2. ^ Imperial Gazetteer2 of India. Vol. 20. Oxford: Clarendon Press. 1908. p. 331 – via Digital South Asia Library.
  3. ^ Douie, Sir James McCrone (1916). The Panjab, North-West Frontier Province and Kashmir. Cambridge University Press. p. 192.
  4. ^ DAVIES, Sir Robert Henry, Who Was Who, A & C Black, 1920–2016 (online edition, Oxford University Press, 2014)
  5. ^ a b "Obituary - Sir Robert Henry Davies". The Times. No. 36858. London. 28 August 1902. p. 8.
  6. ^ Sir Robert Henry Davies at Find a Grave
Government offices
Preceded by Chief Commissioner of Oudh
Succeeded by
Major General Lousada Barrow
Preceded by Lieutenant-Governor of the Punjab
Succeeded by