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Abbott, Eric Symes (1906–1983), dean of Westminster, was born on 26 May 1906 at Nottingham, the younger son and second of three children of William Henry Abbott, schoolteacher, and his wife, Mary Symes, also a teacher. A Dame Agnes Mellor scholar at Nottingham high school...

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Aldrich, Henry (1648–1710), dean of Christ Church, Oxford, was born at Westminster on 15 January 1648 and baptized on 22 January 1648 at St Margaret's, Westminster, the eldest son of Henry Aldrich (d. 1683) and his wife, Judith Francis. After the Restoration, ...

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Alford, Henry (1810–1871), dean of Canterbury and biblical scholar, was born at 25 Alfred Place, Bedford Square, London, on 10 October 1810, the son of the Revd Henry Alford (1782–1852), an evangelical and the son and grandson of evangelical clergy, and his first wife, ...

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Bathurst, Ralph (1619/20–1704), dean of Wells and college head, was born at Hothorpe, Northamptonshire, the fifth of thirteen sons and four daughters of George Bathurst (c.1579–1656) and his wife, Elizabeth Villiers. He was educated at Coventry Free School, and matriculated at ...

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Beytagh, Gonville Aubie ffrench- (1912–1991), dean of Johannesburg, was born in Shanghai, China, on 26 January 1912, the son of Leo Michael ffrench-Beytagh, the managing director of a cotton company, and his wife, Edith, formerly McIlraith. His father was a lapsed Irish Catholic seminarian. His mother left home when he was still young. He had a somewhat anarchic upbringing in ...

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Boys, John (bap. 1571, d. 1625), dean of Canterbury, was born at Elmton, in Eythorne, Kent, and baptized on 12 November 1571 at Eythorne, the sixth of ten children of Thomas Boys (1528–1600) of Eythorne, gentleman, from a family established in east Kent...

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Bradley, George Granville (1821–1903), dean of Westminster and schoolmaster, born at High Wycombe on 11 December 1821, was the fourth son of Charles Bradley (1789–1871) and his first wife, Catherine Shepherd (d. 1831). The literary scholar A. C. Bradley and the philosopher ...

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Buckland, William (1784–1856), geologist and dean of Westminster, was born on 12 March 1784 at Axminster, Devon, the eldest son of Charles Buckland (1750–1828/9), rector of Templeton and Trusham, and his first wife, Elizabeth (1756–1812), daughter of John Oke, of Combpyne near Axminster...

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Champneys, (William) Weldon (1807–1875), dean of Lichfield, was the eldest son of the Revd William Betton Champneys (d. 1835), BCL, of St John's College, Oxford, and his wife, Martha, daughter of Montague Stable of Kentish Town. This branch of the Champneys family hailed from ...

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Church, Richard William (1815–1890), dean of St Paul's, born at Lisbon, Portugal, on 25 April 1815, was the eldest of the three sons of John Dearman Church (1782–1828), a wine merchant, and his wife, Bromley Caroline Metzener (d. 1845), who was of German descent. His grandfather ...

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Close, Francis (1797–1882), dean of Carlisle, was born at Corston, near Bath, on 11 July 1797, the youngest of four boys and five girls of the family of the agriculturist the Revd Henry Close (1753–1806) and Mary Waring (1754–1843). Close was educated at ...

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Fell, Samuel (bap. 1584, d. 1649), dean of Christ Church, Oxford, was baptized at St Clement Danes, London, on 3 May 1584, the son of Hugh Fell, citizen and barber–surgeon. Educated at Westminster School, he was elected a Westminster scholar of Christ Church, Oxford...

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Gaisford, Thomas (1779–1855), classical scholar and dean of Christ Church, Oxford, was born at Iford Manor in Wiltshire on 22 December 1779. He was the eldest son of John Gaisford, a wealthy clothier of Bradford, Wiltshire, from whom he inherited a valuable house and estate; his mother was ...

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Goodman, Gabriel (1528–1601), dean of Westminster, was born on 6 November 1528 at Exmewe House on St Peter's Square, Ruthin, Denbighshire. He was the second son of Edward Goodman (1476–1560), mercer, who in 1508 had made an advantageous marriage to Cicely (1493–1583), daughter of ...

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Inge, William Ralph (1860–1954), dean of St Paul's and writer, was born at Crayke, in the North Riding of Yorkshire, on 6 June 1860, the eldest son of William Inge (1829–1903), curate of Crayke, and his wife, Susanna Mary Churton (d. 1917)...

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Ireland, John (1761–1842), dean of Westminster, was born at Ashburton, Devon, on 8 September 1761, the son of Thomas Ireland, a butcher of that town, and his wife, Elizabeth. He was educated first at the free grammar school of Ashburton, under the Revd Thomas Smerdon...

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Jackson, Cyril (1746–1819), dean of Christ Church, Oxford, was born in Yorkshire, the elder son of Cyril Jackson (1717–1797), physician, and his wife, Judith Rawson, née Prescot (d. 1785), widow of William Rawson, through whom the manor of Shipley came into the family. Having been briefly educated at ...

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Johnson, Hewlett (1874–1966), dean of Canterbury, was born on 25 January 1874 in Kersal, Manchester, the fifth child and third son of Charles Johnson, a wire manufacturer, and his wife, Rosa, daughter of the Revd Alfred Hewlett. His early childhood was spent in and around ...

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Kitchin, George William (1827–1912), scholar and dean of Durham, was born at Naughton, Suffolk, on 7 December 1827, the fifth child of the Revd Isaac Kitchin, rector from 1833 of St Stephen's, Ipswich, and his wife, Mary, daughter of the Revd J. Bardgett...

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Liddell, Henry George (1811–1898), lexicographer and dean of Christ Church, Oxford, was born at Binchester, co. Durham, on 6 February 1811, the eldest son of the Revd Henry George Liddell (1787–1872), and his wife (and first cousin), Charlotte Lyon (d. 1871), niece of the ...