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born on 2 July 1871 in  Cork, Ireland
died on 7 November 1916 in Hoshiarpur, India
 
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Robert Humphreys (III)

Robert Humphreys married

Annie Richey

;on 7th November 1896 in Lahore (then India, now Pakistan). They had 5 children, among them

Francis

, grandfather of Robin and Katya Müller.

born on 2nd July 1871 in Cork, Ireland, son of

Robert Humphreys

and

Sarah Perrot

t


died

on

7

th

November 191

6

in Hoshiarpur, India

(on his wedding day).

The obverse and the reverse side   of the

Kaisar-i-Hind

medal for public service in India
which Robert Humphreys was awarded  in May 1900

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from:

A hand-book on Famine administration in the Punjab. [s.l.] 1906-1907 iv, 93 p.

Handbook of famine administration, Punjab. 1903. 1906 (pocket ed.). (Official.) Indian famine charitable relief fund Reports by the joint secretaries, Punjab executive committee, for the periods Up to 31st October,

Punjab customary law, Vol. 27 Customary law of the Hoshiarpur District (Tahsils Dasuya, Hoshiarpur & Garhshankar), by

R.Humphreys

, Lahore,  Edit.Supl., Govt.Print. 1914, 291 pages

Final report of the second revised settlement, 1910-1914 of the Hoshiarpur district / by

R. Humphreys

. Lahore : Printed by the Superintendent, Government Printing, Punjab, 1915.  ii, 3, 4, 9, 48, xiii p., 1 folded leaf : col. map, tables ; 34 cm.

Edit. Supt., 48 pages

From:  GAZETTEER OF INDIA: PUNJAB, HOSHIARPUR
PUNJAB DISTRICT GAZETTEERS, CHAPTER XI: REVENUE ADMINISTRATION


 

"... Second Revised Settlement, 1910-14

.

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R. Humphreys

and H.L. Shuttleworth, Final Report of the Second Revised Settlement, 1910-1914 of the Hoshiarpur District (Lahore, 1916)

Humphreys, R

. (1914), Assessment Report of the Garhshankar Tahsil of the Hoshiarpur District, Lahore,

Punjab

Government Press,

The settlement operations commenced in October 1910 and finished in September 1914. They were carried out by Mr.

R. Humphreys

, Settlement Officer, Hoshiarpur.  The settlement were made on the basis of circles in each tahsil.  The financial results of the settlement may be summed up as follows:

Robert Humphreys* achievements are reflected in his

Publications

Read more about Robert Humphreys' time in India on the

next

page and in his

obituary

).

After having been appointed to the Indian Civil Service in 1893 and having left Trinity College Robert Humphreys arrived in Punjab 29.12.1894 and is in the India List from 1894 to 1917.

Robert Humphreys served in the Punjab as Assistant Commissioner from 1895. He was awarded the

Kaisar-i- Hind

medal for public service in India in May 1900. Under -Secretary to Government, Punjab, Sept. 1901.

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1892

1891

Senior Secretary to Financial Commissioner, Nov. 1901-Nov. 1904; Deputy Commissioner, Dec. 1904-10-. (

The editor of the work, published in 1947, was evidently unacquainted with the date of his death

.)


 
(information from John and Richard Humphreys)

Upon a request  from Robert's grandson John Humphreys,

Trinity College, Cambridge

, gave the following information on Robert Humphreys' education:

"Alumni Cantabrigienses (the standard list of Cambridge alumni) has the following entry for your grandfather:


 

HUMPHREYS, ROBERT.
Admitted pensioner (i.e. an undergraduate who paid for his own fees) at TRINITY, Oct. 10. 1893.
Son of Robert, of Hayfield, Cork.
Born July 2, 1871, at Cork.
School, Cork (Mr Fawcett).
Matriculated Michaelmas 1893.
BA (University of Ireland & Trinity College Cambridge);



Humphreys' name appears in the printed list of Resident Members of the University dated 14 Oct. 1893, when he was living at 21 Malcolm Street, and in the next edition, dated 25 April 1894, when he had the privilege of rooms on R staircase in 'Old Court' (now known as Great Court). But his name does not occur in the next list, dated 13 Oct. 1894, by which date, it would appear from what you say, he was serving in India. It would therefore appear that he left Trinity before completing a full year here, and certainly he did not obtain a degree from this University. I am unable to say what the connection with the University of Ireland may be. I presume, however (if the statement is correct), that he somehow obtained a degree from that University at a later date, and that the reference to this College in the I.C.S. List simply indicates that he resided here for a while. "

After having left Queen's College, Cork, (1893) Robert Humphreys started studying for the Indian Civil Service at Trinity College, Cambridge.

. "The competitive examination for entry to the civil service [between 1858 and 1920] was combined for the Diplomatic, the Home, the Indian, and the Colonial Services. Candidates must be aged between 21 and 24, which gave everyone three chances for entry [....] Successful candidates underwent one or two years probation in England, according to whether they had taken the London or the Indian examination. This period was spent at the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, or the School of Oriental Studies in London, where a candidate studied Law and the procedures of India, including criminal law and the Law of Evidence, which all gave the knowledge and the idea of the revenue system, reading Indian history and learning the language of the Province to which they had been assigned." (from: Wikipedia)

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Robert Humphreys' armorial bookplate
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"I knew about our grandfather's Kaisar-i-Hind medal because my mother had it in a glass case. Robert [

Mick's brother

] now has it and the notes that go with it. The medal was a distinguished award given to senior members of the Indian Civil Service.   I think he got it for his work on irrigation and drought relief in the Sind desert. The canals he "built" are still there because I went to see them when I visited Karachi in a ship many years  ago. Sadly they have largely fallen into disuse now and are silting up, although I did see one man peeing into one from the bank! He wrote several papers about drought relief."

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Robert's grandson Richard Humphreys  comments on the Kaisar-i-Hind medal: "Wikipedia says it was only awarded 142 times between 1900 and 1947, but the

"India List and India Office List for 1905"

 shows that this is a wild underestimate. There were 29 gold awards in 1900 alone. It also confirms that Grandfather had a BA, presumably from Univ. Ireland, in the light of the comments from Trinity College, Cambridge). A web search showed me that the medal was the ultimate Imperial accolade for civilian work, and it was inaugurated in May 1900 - i.e. our grandfather received one of the very first batch."

Robert's grandson Mick Humphreys remembers:

Royal University of Ireland:  

Reports of President of Queen's College, Cork

According to his birth certificate
Robert Humphreys was born at  Alma Cottages, 70 Sundays well road,  Cork,

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1890-91

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Left:
From his German language library: "O diese Dackel"
(= Oh these Dachshunds)
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