Henry Foley Knight

Sir Henry Foley Knight KCSI CIE (b. 19 January 1886 - d. 1960) was a British administrator and civil servant who served as the Acting Governor of Madras in 1946.

Sir Henry Foley Knight

Governor of Madras Presidency (acting)
In office
26 February 1946 – 5 May 1946
Governor-GeneralArchibald Wavell, 1st Earl Wavell
PremierTanguturi Prakasam
Preceded byArthur Hope, 2nd Baron Rankeillour
Succeeded byArchibald Nye
Personal details
Born(1886-01-19)19 January 1886
United Kingdom
DiedUnited Kingdom
Spouse(s)Jesse Spence Duncan
ProfessionCivil servant

Early lifeEdit

Henry Foley Knight was born to John Henry Knight and Elizabeth Bligh Foley in Farnham on 19 January 1886. He graduated from Caius College, Cambridge and in 1909, passed the Indian Civil Service examinations.


In 1910, Foley was sent to India as an Assistant Collector and Magistrate in Bombay Presidency. He served in the army during the First World War and as an Indian Army Reserve Officer from 1916 to 1919. Between 1919 and 1920, Foley served as an Under Secretary and then, Deputy Secretary of the Revenue and Financial Department of the Government of Bombay.


Knight married Jesse Spence Duncan in 1926 and had one son and one daughter.


External linksEdit

  • John F. Riddick (1998). Who was who in British India. Greenwood Press. p. 206. ISBN 0313292329, ISBN 978-0-313-29232-3.