Hubert Bowles is a spymaster whom Lord John Grey meets in the course of his investigation into the death of Sergeant Timothy O'Connell. Lord John eventually learns that Bowles heads England's Black Chamber.

Personal History

Events of the Lord John Series

Lord John and the Private Matter

The Scottish Prisoner


Physical Appearance



  • Hubert means "bright heart", derived from the Germanic elements hug "heart, mind" and beraht "bright".[1]
  • Bowles is a variant of Bowell or Bowler.[2]
    • Bowell is a habitational name from Bouelles in Seine Maritime, France, so named with Old Norman French boelle "enclosure", "dwelling". [3]
    • Bowler is from the Middle English boller, from Old English bolla "bowl", "drinking vessel" + the agent suffix -er, an occupational name for a maker or seller of bowls. [4]



  1. Behind the Name: Hubert - accessed 25 June 2016
  2. Ancestry: Bowles - accessed 25 June 2016
  3. Ancestry: Bowell - accessed 25 June 2016
  4. Ancestry: Bowler - accessed 25 June 2016
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