Young was the son of Captain Sir George Young, 2nd Baronet. He attended Eton and King's College, in Cambridge, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1863 and a master of arts in 1866. Young joined the I.C.S. in Bengal in 1863, subsequently holding the title of Financial Commissioner of the Punjab from 1889 to 1895 and Lieutenant Governor of the Punjab 1897–1902. He stepped down in early March 1902, and left Bombay for the United Kingdom on 8 March 1902.
- "Court Circular". The Times (36711). London. 10 March 1902. p. 9.
- C. Hayavando Rao, ed. (1915). The Indian Biographical Dictionary. Madras: Pillar & Co. p. 470.
- Dilys Powell, "Young, Gerard Mackworth- (1884–1965)", rev. Katherine Prior, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, May 2012.
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