Gresham Professor of Divinity

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The Professor of Divinity at Gresham College, London, gives free educational lectures to the general public. The college was founded for this purpose in 1596/7, when it appointed seven professors; this has since increased to eight and in addition the college now has visiting professors.

The Professor of Divinity is always appointed by the City of London Corporation.

(Years given as, say, 1596/7 refer to Old Style and New Style dates.)

1 Anthony Wotton March 1596/97
2 Hugo Gray 1599
3 William Dakins 14 July 1604
4 George Mountayne 4 March 1606/07
5 William Osbolston 13 December 1610
6 Samuel Brooke 26 September 1612
7 Richard Holdsworth 28 November 1629
8 Thomas Horton 26 October 1641
9 George Gifford 7 June 1661
10 Henry Wells 2 July 1686
11 Edward Lany 31 July 1691
12 John Bridgen[1] 25 September 1728
13 B Halifax 20 February 1760
14 H J Parker 7 February 1800
15 John William Burgon 11 December 1867
16 H E J Bevan 12 December 1888
17 W H Thompson 14 March 1904
1939–45 Lectures in abeyance
18 Henry Martyn Sanders[2] 29 May 1946
19 Oscar Hardman 1957
20 Gordon Huelin 1962
21 Gordon Phillips 1967
22 Gordon Reginald Dunstan 1969
23 Gordon Phillips 1971
24 Ulrich E Simon 1973
25 Viscount Combermere 1975
26 Richard Chartres,
Bishop of London
1987
27 John Bowker 1 September 1992
28 Richard Holloway,
Bishop of Edinburgh
1 September 1997
29 Gwen Griffith-Dickson 1 September 2001
30 Keith Ward DD FBA 1 September 2004
31 Richard Harries, Baron Harries of Pentregarth 1 September 2008
32 Raymond Plant, Lord Plant of Highfield[3] 2012

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Bridgen, John (BRGN717J)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  2. ^ "Sanders, Henry Martyn (SNDS887HM)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  3. ^ "Gresham College Press Release, 29 June 2012". 

Further reading[edit]

  • Ward, John (1740). The Lives of the Professors of Gresham College. New York & London: Johnson Reprint Corporation.