Major Grey William Duberly, J.P.

Major Grey William Duberly, J.P., a Prominent citizen from the History of Huntingdonshire, England.


For two centuries the family of Duberly, of Gaynes Hall in the village of Perry, have ranked among the leading Country gentry of Huntingdonshire. Their popularity has always been evident; as landlords they have been indulgent and progressive, as neighbours friendly to all and widely hospitable, as sportsmen genial and indefatigable.

The present head of the family, Major G. W. Duberly, was born June 29th 1875, being the eldest son and heir of William Duberly, Esq., of Gaynes Hall, by the Hon. Rosa Louisa Vern on Sandys, youngest daughter of Arthur Marcus Cecil, 2nd Lord Sandys of Ombersley. Mr Duberly, who was a Captain in the Grenadier Guards, a Deputy Lieutenant and Justice of the Peace for the County, and who served the office of High Sheriff in 1884, died in 1888, at the early age of 47. His son and successor, after some years at Eton, received a commission in the Grenadier Guards, in which he now holds the rank of Major.

Major Duberly rendered good public service as a member of the Huntingdonshire County Council from 1901 to 1910, and as Magistrate for the County he is active, impartial and courteous to all. He is a capable sportsman and an exceptionally good shot.

The family traditions on both sides are connected with the active service of the Crown, from the days when Sir James Duberly, knighted by George III, purchased large estates in Huntingdon, Bedford, Cambridge and Norfolk.

His son and successor married the daughter of Col. Hon. Wm Grey, brother of that celebrated statesman of the Reform epoch, Earl Grey. On his mother’s side Major Duberly is descended from Edwin Sandys, Archbishop of York in the days of Queen Bess, and a prominent Reformer, and from one of the most famous of the heroes of the Commonwealth, Admiral Blake.

The subject of our sketch has worthily maintained the family traditions and served with distinction through the South African War, being mentioned in despatches for conspicuous service.

Major Duberly is a member of the Guards, Brooks’, and Bachelors’ Clubs.

George Gaskell - circa 1900