Birth: 1821 - Circa

Place or Registered Place of Birth: Rodborough, Gloucestershire

Baptism: 24 March 1821

Place of Baptism: Guilsborough, Northamptonshire

Death: 3 October 1874

Place or Registered Place of Death: Gartsherrie Railway Station, Gartsherrie, Lanarkshire, Scotland

Father: Charles E. Eddy

Mother: Elizabeth Frances Birch

Spouse(s): Frances Rosa Paget

Date of Marriage: 11 April 1860

Place or Registered Place of Marriage: St. Anne's, Sutton Bonington, Loughborough, Leicestershire


Evelyn Frances Eddy (1865-)


The Gentleman's Magazine, Volume 208 - 1860
April 11
At St. Anne's, Sutton Bonington, C. Walter Eddy, esq., M.D., Travelling Fellow of the University of Oxford, to Frances Rosa, second dau. of William Paget, esq., of the Cliff.

Colonies in Their Commercial relation to the Mother Country - By Charles Walter Eddy (Cambridge University Library)
Charles Walter Eddy (1821-1874) was Honorary Secretary to the Working Mens' Association for Promoting Emigration. He was one of the organisers of the petition on behalf of state aid to emigration and the retention of the colonies that was presented to the Home Secretary in July 1870 by Colonel Torrens, Sir George Grey, J.A. Froude and other leading imperialists. He was later Honorary Secretary of the Royal Colonial Institute.

The London Gazette - October 18, 1861 - p. 4148

Index of Patents
2337. To Charles Walter Eddy, of 5, Chester-terrace, Regent's-park, in the parish of St. Marylebone, in the city of London, for the invention of "a new method of arming the bow of a ship of war with a shell and a beak to be fitted or unfitted at pleasure, and to be used conjointly or separately."

Chronological Index of Patents
28 July 1862
2129. Charles Walter Eddy, of 8, Warwick Terrace, Belgrave Road, in the Parish of St. George's, Hanover Square, Middlesex, for an invention for—" Improvements in the means of impeding the entrance of ships and vessels and in particular of screw ships into channels." Provisional protection only.

The Administration of Dependencies - By Alpheus H. Snow
Mr. Charles Walter Eddy, writing in 1874 on the subject, "What are the best means of drawing together the interests of the United Kingdom and the Colonies, and of strengthening the bonds of union?" (his paper on this subject being read, shortly after his death in 1874, before the Royal Colonial Institute of London........

Dr. John Radcliffe - A Sketch of his Life
with an account of his fellows and foundations
By J.B. Nias
A Chronological List of the Radcliffe Fellows.

Grey River Argus - New Zealand - 29 December 1874
“The Royal Colonial Institute," the “Home News" writes, "has experienced a most severe loss in the death of its honorary secretary, Mr C. W. Eddy. Mr Eddy had prepared a paper to be read before the members of the social Science Congress at Glasgow, and had proceeded to that city for the purpose of reading it. He had attended the meetings of the Congress, but in common with the other members had intended devoting Saturday, 3rd. October, to a visit to Loch Lomond. He had driven from the residence of Mr A. Whitelaw, of Gartsherrie, whose guest he was, but on arriving at the North British railway station he staggered and fell, and within five minutes he was dead. The deceased was born in 1821 at Guilsborough, Wiltshire. He was the son of the Rev. Charles Eddy, and educated at Brasenose College, Oxford. He had visited the whole of the Australian Colonies, and had long identified himself with them; indeed, his interests and sympathies were intensely Colonial, and to his intimate knowledge of our Colonial empire generally must be attributed in no small degree the success of the Royal Colonial Institute, the members of which will not easily supply his loss. He was at all times ready to forward the interests of the institute, and devoted the greater portion of his time to it without fee or reward."

Charles Walter Eddy.
Elected March 1849.

Mr. Eddy was born March 24, 1821, the third son of the Rev. Charles Eddy, of Guilsborough, Northamptonshire, and rector of Bemerton, Wilts. He was educated at Bath, and matriculated at Brasenose March 3, 1840. After taking his B.A. degree in 1843, he remained at Oxford for some years with a Hulme exhibition ; and, abandoning his first idea of taking orders, studied medicine at King's College, London. He proceeded to the M.A. and M.B. degrees in 1848-9, and was elected a Radcliffe fellow in March 1849. For three years of his tenure he travelled in Europe, then settled for a time in Tasmania; and spent some years also in Australia and America. Returning to England in 1859, he married in 1860 ; and later went to London as secretary to the Danube and Black Sea Railway Company. To this post he added in 1871 the honorary secretaryship of the Royal Colonial Institute, a post for which he was well qualified by his experience of the colonies and his interest in public affairs. He published a few pamphlets on the subjects of national defence against naval attack, British commerce, assisted colonization. On October 3, 1874 he died. See a brief memoir by a relative, in the library of Brasenose College, and the college register.

Mr. Eddy seems to have succumbed to the contemporary mania for homoeopathy, as I find him entered as a practitioner of homoeopathy, but not in practice, in an incomplete series of Homoeopathic Directories in the Library of the British Museum, between the years 1867 and 1874. He never practised medicine in England.

The Eddy Family
A large and excellent photograph of Dr. Charles Walter Eddy of London stood upon the table. It will be remembered by many of the family that he visited the United States in the years 1858-9, during which time he held the Ratcliffe Travelling Professorship of Oxford University, and became very favourably known to all those who had the good fortune to make his acquaintance. He was a most agreeable gentleman, and took a lively interest in the immense expansion of the family-tree on this side of the water. He made a pilgrimage to Eddyville, the Jerusalem of the tribes, where he was the guest of the late Hon. Zachariah Eddy. He also spent a week or two with John Eddy, Esq., of Providence. He took great delight in having the boundaries of the original purchase — made by Samuel Eddy and others of the Sagamore Wampatuck — pointed out to him with the locations of the original houses, and the Indian paths and names with which Mr. Zachariah Eddy was familiar. He died in 1874, at which time he was Honorary Secretary of the Royal Colonial Institute. His widow, Mrs. Frances Rose Eddy, has kindly furnished us with his picture and a memoir of his life.


1841 Census:

Brasenose College In The University Of Oxford
Charles Walter Eddy - 19 - Student

1861 Census:

1, Gay Street, Trinity Walcot, Bath, Somerset
Charles Walter Eddy - Visitor - Married - 39 - Physician - Guilsborough, Northamptonshire
Frances Rosa Eddy - Wife - 22 - Loughborough, Leicestershire
Charles and Rosa were visitors at the home of William Henry Brace and his wife Maria. William was the husband of Frances Paget's sister, Maria, and was also a Physician and Surgeon.

1871 Census:

Eccleston Square, St George Hanover Square, Westminster
Charles Walter Eddy - Head - 50 - Railway Secretary
Frances Rosa Eddy - Wife - 32
Evelyn Frances Eddy - Daughter - 5
Brother in Law William Henry Brace and Family were visitors.

Dr. Charles Walter Eddy, M.D.