Ecclesiastical Household

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The Ecclesiastical Household is a part of the Royal Household of the Sovereign of the United Kingdom.[1] Reflecting the different constitutions of the Churches of England and of Scotland, there are separate Ecclesiastical Households in each nation.

England[edit]

The Church of England Ecclesiastical Household comprises the College of Chaplains, and the associated Chapel Royal, the Royal Almonry Office, various Domestic Chaplains, and service Chaplains.

The College of Chaplains is under the Clerk of the Closet, an office dating from 1437. It is normally held by a diocesan bishop, who may however remain in office after leaving his see. The current Clerk is the Lord Bishop of Guildford, the Rt Rev'd Christopher Hill. The Deputy Clerk of the Closet, a new office dating only from 1677, is the Domestic Chaplain to the Sovereign, and Sub-dean of the Chapel Royal, and is the sole full-time clerical member of the Household.

The Clerk of the Closet is responsible for advising the Private Secretary to the Sovereign on the names for candidates to fill vacancies in the Roll of Chaplains to the Sovereign. He presents Bishops for Homage to the Sovereign; examines any theological books to be presented to the Sovereign; and preaches annually in the Chapel Royal, St James's Palace. He receives a salary of £7 a year.

Some three or four chaplains are appointed annually, and one is kept vacant for the Sovereign's own choosing.

List of Chaplains in the Household in England[edit]

The College of Chaplains consists of those appointed Chaplain-in-Ordinary to His/Her Majesty. There are also Honorary Chaplains, who do not fulfill any formal duties.

During the reign of Queen Victoria, there were 36 Chaplains-in-Ordinary and a number of Honorary Chaplains. A new appointment as Chaplain-in-Ordinary would traditionally be made among the Honorary Chaplains. Upon his accession in 1901, King Edward reduced the number of Chaplains-in-Ordinary to 12, and removed the prerequisite that a Chaplain-in-Ordinary need previously have been appointed Honorary Chaplain.

Chaplains appointed as Bishop or other senior church positions left the household.

Chaplains-in-Ordinary[edit]

Queen Victoria
King Edward VII

Honorary Chaplains[edit]

Queen Victoria
King Edward VII
  • Reverend E. H. Goodwin, Chaplain to the Forces, first class 1 June 1901 - ? in recognition of his services while Principal Chaplain to the South African Field Force[22]

Scotland[edit]

Her Majesty's Household in Scotland (Ecclesiastical) consists of Chaplains who are all ministers of the Church of Scotland.

The current Dean of the Chapel Royal (since 2006) is the Very Reverend John B. Cairns. Other members are the Dean of the Thistle, the Domestic Chaplain (who is usually the minister at Crathie Kirk) and approximately ten Chaplains in Ordinary. Upon retirement the Chaplains become "Extra Chaplains".

List of Chaplains in the Household in Scotland[edit]

Chaplains-in-Ordinary to HM in Scotland[edit]

King Edward VII


King George V
  • Very Reverend Donald Macleod, D.D. 7 May 1910.[27]
  • Very Reverend James Cameron Lees, K.C.V.O., D.D. 7 May 1910 - 1913[27]
  • Very Reverend James MacGregor, D.D. 7 May 1910 - ?[27]
  • Very Reverend J. R. Mitford Mitchell, 7 May 1910 - ?[27]
  • Reverend Andrew Wallace Williamson, 7 May 1910 - 1926[27]
  • Reverend Samuel James Ramsay Sibbald, B.D. 7 May 1910 - ?[27]
  • Right Reverend Pearson M'Adam Muir, DD, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland 16 December 1910 - ? [28] (in place of James MacGregor DD, deceased)
  • Reverend Robert H. Fisher, DD, Minister of Morningside, Edinburgh 25 July 1913 - ? [25] (in place of James Cameron Lees)
  • Reverend Professor William Paterson Paterson, DD 10 March 1916 - ? [24] (in place of Donald Macleod)
  • Reverend Archibald Main, DD, Regius Professor of Ecclesiastical History, University of Glasgow 29 May 1925 - ? [29] (in place of Alexander Miller Maclean, deceased)
  • Reverend Norman MacLean, DD, Collegiate Minister of St. Cuthbert's, Edinburgh 24 August 1926 - ? [30] (in place of Andrew Wallace Williamson, deceased)
  • Reverend Alexander Martin, D.D., LL.D., Principal of New College, Edinburgh. 8 November 1929 - ? [31]
  • Reverend Robert J. Drummond, D.D. 8 November 1929 - ? [31]
  • Reverend Donald Fraser, D.D. 8 November 1929 - 1933 [31][32]
  • Very Reverend Charles Laing Warr, DD, Dean of the Chapel Royal and Dean of the Thistle, 8 November 1934 - ? [33] (in place of Robert Howie Fisher) (extra Chaplain in 1934[34])
  • Very Reverend J White [35]
  • Very Reverend Sir George Adam Smith DD [32] (in place of Donald Fraser)
King Edward VIII
  • Very Rev. Samuel James Ramsay Sibbald, M.V.O., B.D. 21 July 1936 - ? [36]
  • Very Rev. Professor William Paterson Paterson, D.D. 21 July 1936 - ? [36]
  • Rev. John White, C.H., D.D. 21 July 1936 - ? [36]
  • Rev. Archibald Main, D.D. 21 July 1936 - ? [36]
  • Rev. Norman MacLean, D.D. 21 July 1936 - ? [36]
  • Rev. Alexander Martin, D.D., LL.D. 21 July 1936 - ? [36]
  • Rev. Robert J. Drummond, D.D. 21 July 1936 - ? [36]
  • Very Rev. Sir George Adam Smith, D.D. 21 July 1936 - ? [36]
  • Very Rev. Charles Laing Warr, D.D. 21 July 1936 - ? [36]

Extra Chaplains-in-Ordinary to HM in Scotland[edit]

King Edward VII
  • Reverend Professor Malcolm C. Taylor, DD 18 October 1901 - ?[23]
King George V
  • Reverend Professor Malcolm C. Taylor, DD 7 May 1910 - ?[27]

References[edit]

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  9. ^ a b c d The London Gazette: no. 24936. p. 607. 11 February 1881.
  10. ^ a b c The London Gazette: no. 25155. p. 4570. 10 October 1882.
  11. ^ a b c d e f g The London Gazette: no. 26717. p. 1268. 3 March 1896.
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h The London Gazette: no. 27032. p. 8045. 13 December 1898.
  13. ^ a b c d The London Gazette: no. 26987. p. 4274. 15 July 1898.
  14. ^ a b c d The London Gazette: no. 27263. p. 81. 4 January 1901.
  15. ^ a b c d The London Gazette: no. 27150. p. 3. 2 January 1900.
  16. ^ a b The London Gazette: no. 27336. pp. 4838–4839. 23 July 1901.
  17. ^ a b The London Gazette: no. 27393. p. 1. 3 January 1902.
  18. ^ a b The London Gazette: no. 27370. p. 7045. 1 November 1901.
  19. ^ The London Gazette: no. 24623. p. 5081. 10 September 1878.
  20. ^ a b The London Gazette: no. 26648. p. 4300. 30 July 1895.
  21. ^ a b The London Gazette: no. 26593. p. 548. 29 January 1895.
  22. ^ The London Gazette: no. 27319. p. 3701. 31 May 1901.
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  24. ^ a b The London Gazette: no. 29502. p. 2556. 10 March 1916.
  25. ^ a b The London Gazette: no. 28740. p. 5321. 25 July 1913.
  26. ^ The London Gazette: no. 28153. p. 4722. 30 June 1908.
  27. ^ a b c d e f g The London Gazette: no. 28386. p. 4366. 21 June 1910.
  28. ^ The London Gazette: no. 28447. p. 9391. 16 December 1910.
  29. ^ The London Gazette: no. 33051. p. 3629. 29 May 1925.
  30. ^ The London Gazette: no. 33194. p. 5577. 24 August 1926.
  31. ^ a b c The London Gazette: no. 33550. p. 7216. 8 November 1929.
  32. ^ a b The London Gazette: no. 33983. p. 6351. 3 October 1933.
  33. ^ The London Gazette: no. 34110. p. 7759. 4 December 1934.
  34. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1934
  35. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1934
  36. ^ a b c d e f g h i The London Gazette: no. 34306. p. 4665. 20 July 1936.