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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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Eric Symes Abbott (1906–1983) by Walter Bird, 1966 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Addison, Lancelot (1632–1703), dean of Lichfield, was born at Meaburn Town Head, Maulds Meaburn, in the parish of Crosby Ravensworth in Westmorland, where the family had been resident since the days of Henry III. He was baptized at Crosby Ravensworth on 4 March 1632. His father, ...

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Henry Aldrich (1648–1710) by Sir Godfrey Kneller, 1696 Christ Church, Oxford

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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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Henry Alford (1810–1871) by unknown photographer © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Alington, Cyril Argentine (1872–1955), headmaster and dean of Durham, was born in Ipswich, Suffolk, on 22 October 1872, the second son of the Revd Henry Giles Alington (1837–1928), an inspector of schools, and his wife, Jane Margaret Booth (d. 1910). In 1886 he went with classical scholarships to ...

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Annand, William (1633–1689), dean of Edinburgh, was born at Ayr, the son of William Annand (d. 1661×3), minister there, and his wife, Margaret Lindsay of south Leith. His father, having been assaulted by some women in Glasgow for preaching in support of the Scottish book of prayer in 1637, fled his charge even before his deposition by the ...

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Appleby, John (d. 1389), dean of St Paul's, London, and diplomat, exemplifies at once the excesses of careerism and the intellectual sophistication that characterized the upper ranks of the fourteenth-century English church. He was a native of Appleby, Westmorland, and the north of ...

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Arderne, James (bap. 1636, d. 1691), dean of Chester, was baptized on 12 October 1636, the fifth son of Ralph Arderne (1608–1650) of Alvanley and Harden, Cheshire, later a parliamentarian army officer and JP, and his wife, Eleanor Done, daughter of Sir John Done...

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Baillie, Albert Victor (1864–1955), dean of Windsor, was born on 5 August 1864 at Karlsruhe, Baden, the third son of Evan Peter Montague Baillie (1824–1874) and his wife, Frances Anna Bruce (d. 1894), daughter of Thomas, seventh earl of Elgin. An aristocrat who could claim two popes among his forebears (one had been a widower before entering the priesthood) he was, as his Christian names bear witness, a godchild of ...

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Balcanquhall, Walter (c. 1586–1645), dean of Rochester, was born in Edinburgh, one of three sons of Walter Balcanquhall (1548/9–1616), Church of Scotland minister, and his wife, Margaret Marjoribanks. He was educated at Edinburgh University, graduating MA on 27 July 1609. Admitted to Pembroke College, Cambridge...

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Bandinel, David (d. 1645), dean of Jersey, settled in Jersey with his English wife, Elizabeth Stallenge, towards the end of the reign of Elizabeth I. Of his earlier life nothing is known beyond his contemporaries' statement that he was Italian. In September 1601 he offered himself to the Calvinist colloquy in ...

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Bargrave, Isaac (bap. 1586, d. 1643), dean of Canterbury, was baptized at Bridge, Kent, on 12 June 1586, the sixth son of a yeoman farmer and tanner, Robert Bargrave (c.1540–1598), of Bridge, and Joan Gilbert, of Sandwich. He was educated at ...

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Barlow, Ralph (1573/4–1631), dean of Wells, was the son of Henry Barlow of Cheshire. He matriculated from Oriel College, Oxford, in 1594 and as chaplain of New College graduated BA in 1596 and proceeded MA in 1599, BD (as from Corpus Christi College...

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Barlow, William Hagger (1833–1908), dean of Peterborough, born at Matlock on 5 May 1833, was the younger son (of five children) of Henry Barlow, curate in charge of Dethick, near Matlock, and afterwards vicar of Pittsmoor, Sheffield, and his wife, Elizabeth, only daughter of ...

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Barwick, John (1612–1664), dean of St Paul's, was born in Witherslack, Westmorland, on 20 April 1612, the third of five sons of George Barwick, a husbandman, and his wife, Jane. From an early age John and his brother Peter Barwick (1619–1705) demonstrated an aptitude for academic study. They attended a number of '...

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Ralph Bathurst (1619/2020–1704) by David Loggan © National Portrait Gallery, London

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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 ...