Ryan, Sir Edward
b. 1793-08-28
d. 1875-08-22
After graduating from Cambridge University in 1817, Edward Ryan was called to the bar, practised on the Oxford circuit, and wrote legal treatises. Knighted for his publications, he spent almost twenty years in India where he became chief judge, noted for his philanthropy. Returning to England in 1843, he became a privy councillor and later wrote a report calling for open competition for positions in the home civil service. In 1848, as an officer of the privy council (cabinet), he exchanged notes with Colonial Office permanent under-secretary Herman Merivale concerning the grant of Vancouver Island to the Hudson's Bay Company.
  • 1. Katherine Prior, Ryan, Sir Edward, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
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