Lived where Bishop’s House (on the corner of Garrad's Road and Tooting Bec Gardens) is today, He was Governor General of Madras and the house the scene of a Victorian scandal when the children’s governess, Miss Page, returned early from St. Leonard’s and discovered Lady Barlow in a ‘compromising position’ with her husband’s aide-de-camp, his cousin, Major George Pratt Barlow. They divorced in 1816.
Sir George Barlow acted as Governor-General of India between 1805 and 1807. He made economy and peace his chief objects and was criticised for not continuing his predecessor Richard Colley Wellesley's policy of aggressive expansion. Gilbert Eliot was brought in to replace him and Barlow was demoted to Governor of Madras.
He experienced a serious military mutiny while in the post and his reputation suffered further. He was recalled to England in 1812.