Clement-Jones family - Person Sheet
Clement-Jones family - Person Sheet
NameWilliam Wilberforce BIRD, 9042
FatherWilliam Wilberforce BIRD , 9034 (1758-1836)
MotherPenelope WHELER , 9043 (1764-1839)
Notes for William Wilberforce BIRD
William Wilberforce Bird, Student admitted to Fort William College in 1803. Actg. Gov. Gen of India Jun 1844 to 23 Jul 1844. Bridgwater Advertiser 1833 - The Alfred 1833 13May Bird William Wilberforce - Cpe of Good Hope dau marr at Bryanstone Sq [not clear if this refers to a daughter of sister of his] Also William's eldest daughter, Caroline Frances, married Thomas Mathew Gisborne at St James Church, London on 15 Mar 1855. New Calcutta Directory for 1856 GISBORNE - BIRD: March 15, 1855 at St James Church, London, Thomas Mathew Gisborne, Esq to Caroline Frances, eldest daughter of William Wilberforce Bird, esq, late of the Bengal Civil Service. also Burial Year 1854 First Names William Wilberforce Surname Bird Age 33y Date of Death 16 - Oct Cause of Death illness Father First Names William Wilberforce Father Surname Bird Entry On 16 after a few hours illness, William Wilberforce eldest son of William Wilberforce Bird Esq, late of HEICCS of Bengal Establishment age 33yrs. Transcribed By Audrey Green Source Information LDS Film Reference None IOR Reference None Source Name The Times Source Year 1854 Source Edition 28 - Oct Source Event Death

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William Wilberforce Bird (1784–1857) was a British colonial administrator who served as Deputy-Governor of Bengal Presidency and, in 1844, as the acting Governor General of India.

William Wilberforce Bird had the same name as his father, who was Member of Parliament for Coventry. He was born in 1784 and educated in Warwick and Geneva before being nominated to join the British East India Company in 1802. After training, he arrived in Calcutta in 1803, where he undertook further training at the Fort William College and was then posted to Benares.[1]

Bird conducted himself well in Benares, including on occasions when he had to deal with civil disturbances involving local people. He was involved in both financial and judicial work before being appointed to the Supreme Council of India, of which in due course he became president when the then Governor-General of India was absent. He served as Deputy-Governor of Bengal Presidency throughout the period when Lord Ellenborough was Governor, standing in for him while Ellenborough was engaged in the North-Western Provinces. Bird then replaced Ellenborough as Governor-General of India, acting in that capacity until the arrival of Sir Henry Hardinge from England in 1844. Hardinge reappointed Bird as Deputy-Governor of Bengal Presidency but Bird had retired from service and returned to England by the end of that year.[1] In the same year, until October, he was President of The Asiatic Society.[2]

Bird married Hannah Elizabeth Brown, second daughter of David Brown, in Benares on 11 August 1818.[3][4] He died at home on 1 June 1857.[1]

In the long-running debate concerning education in India, Bird favoured the secular cause, along with people such as Thomas Macaulay, as opposed to one that desired further to promote a Christian basis for schooling. He said in 1835 that secular education was having good results in India and raised concerns that a Christian approach might upset the native people, potentially leading to what he described as "catastrophes of a very serious description".[5]
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