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Edmund Walker Head, eighth baronet


Statesman and scholar. BA (Oriel College), Oxford, 1827; fellow, Merton College, 1830–8. Travelled in Italy, Germany, and Spain, 1828–35. Entered Lincoln’s Inn in 1835. Appointed assistant poor-law commissioner, 1836; chief commissioner, 1841–7. Succeeded to the baronetcy in 1838. Lieutenant-governor of New Brunswick, 1848–54. Governor-in-chief of British North America, 1854–61. Returned to England in 1861. Civil service commissioner, 1862–8. Governor of the Hudson’s Bay Company, 1863–8. FRS 1863.



Record of the Royal Society of London.


ODNB: Oxford dictionary of national biography: from the earliest times to the year 2000. (Revised edition.) Edited by H. C. G. Matthew and Brian Harrison. 60 vols. and index. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2004.

Record of the Royal Society of London: The record of the Royal Society of London for the promotion of natural knowledge. 4th edition. London: Royal Society. 1940.