Father and mother: Hon. Hibbert Newton Binney and Lucy Creighton
Dates: 1811-1877 (see his obituaries for a discussion about his dates)
Married: Catharine Braine.
Children: assumed none
Career: See Edward Binney's obituaries.
Edward Binney's father, Hon Hibbert Newton Binney, was Collector of Customs for Halifax County until his death in 1842. There was an attempt to get Edward Binney appointed as Collector of Customs to succeed his father. The book Joseph Howe by James Murray Beck (accessed via Google Book search) says that Falkland appointed Joseph Howe to become Collector of Customs in Halifax after Hon. Hibbert Newton Binney died. In justification, Falkland stressed the need to have as heads of departments men who could strengthen the administration in the legislature. Edward Binney, although an amiable young man, could never "be of any material service to the Government in a political capacity". There had already been a vicious political row between Lord Falkland and Stephen Binney, Edward's brother. One of Edward Binney's obituaries seems to hint at this: "Mr. Binney, when quite a youth, went into his father's office as clerk, and there remained until a change took place in the mode of appointing officers to the Public Departments... For a short period he served in the Custom House, .. and in a few years more, when the Collectorships of Excise and Customs were merged into one, he was appointed to be head." This showed that he did eventually get the job. This obituary also describes his work as Collector of Customs: "Wonderfully accurate and exceedingly systematic, if he sometimes taxed the patience of those who were brought in contact with him, he never plunged them into mistakes. It is said that the most careful accountants in the banks could never find him in error." I'm not entirely sure that this shows an attractive character!
Edward Binney's other obituary says "The Church of England, of which he was an exemplary member, received liberally of his ample means, and has in the Hensley Memorial Chapel, at Windsor, and the beautiful chancel of St Paul's Church, Halifax, two noble monuments of his zeal in the cause of religion." The second obituary mentions that he was Church Warden of St Paul's. The obituary of Rt Rev Hibbert Binney talks of Edward Binney's "munificence to King's College (especially in the erection of the stone hall and the chapel)". The bishop (Edward Binney's nephew) had an interest in King's College at Windsor.
Edward Binney was a member of the Halifax Club.
See biographies from Dictionary of Canadian Biography:
- Joseph Howe
- Lord Falkland
From Genealogy of the Binney Family in the United States collected by Charles J. F. Binney (published in 1886):
Edward [Binney] b. Sept. 8, 1811; m. Catharine Braine.
© Jo Edkins 2008 - Return to Binney index