George Robert Boehm Berney senior

1785 - 1855

Claimant or beneficiary


Son of Robert Berney, born Nov. 1785 in Hambledon Hants; died 13 May 1855 KingsTown Ireland. An East India Company Civil servant, in Bengal 1804-1836. He retired with the rank of Resident at Soonamooky. Had one child by 'a Bengal Lady', before marrying Charlotte Dawnay 12/06/1822. It is not clear what was his path to entitlement to compensation, but his name indicates a connection to his co-awardee Dorothy Boehm née Berney (q.v.). He was a Freemason and member of 'Star in the East' Lodge, Calcutta.

  1. Will of George Robert Boehm Berney of Kennet Lodge Reading Berkshire proved 06/08/1855. His son and namesake G. R. B. Berney (q.v.) was an early settler in New Zealand.

  2. Note that Kennet Lodge is also the name of a Masonic Lodge in Reading, Berkshire.


T71/895 Barbados claim nos. 631A&B. unsourced and no longer available [accessed 03/03/2010, not available 20/09/2016].

Walter Kelly Firminger, The Early History of Freemasonry in Bengal and the Punjab (Calcutta, 1906), p. 129.

Families in British India Society database

  1. PROB 11/2217; e.g. [accessed 01/05/2011]. [accessed 03/10/2012].

  2. [accessed 20/09/2016].

We are grateful to Peter Schofield and Guy Grannum for their assistance with compiling this entry.

Further Information

Name in compensation records
George Robert Boehm Berney Esq.
Charlotte Dawnay
George Robert Boehm Berney and 5-6 others
Civil Servant (East India Company)

Associated Claims (1)

£1,803 8s 2d

Legacies Summary

Imperial (2)

East India Company
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An East India Company Civil servant, in India...
New Zealand 
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His son George Robert Boehm Berney junior (q.v.) was an early settler in New...

Relationships (2)

Father → Son
Other relatives
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The relationship is not clear but they are probably...

Addresses (3)

Hambledon, Hampshire, Wessex, England
Kennet Lodge, Basingstoke Turnpike Road, Whitley, Reading, Berkshire, Central England, England