Henry Ryder

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Monument to Bishop Ryder by Sir Francis Legatt Chantrey in Lichfield Cathedral

The Right Reverend The Honourable Henry Dudley Ryder (21 July 1777 Streatham, Surrey – 31 March 1836 Hastings, Sussex) [1] was a prominent English Evangelical Anglican clergyman in the early years of the nineteenth century. He was the first Evangelical to be raised to the Anglican episcopate.


Ryder was the fifth son of Nathaniel Ryder, 1st Baron Harrowby, by his wife Elizabeth Terrick, daughter of Richard Terrick, Bishop of London. Dudley Ryder, 1st Earl of Harrowby and the Honourable Richard Ryder were his elder brothers. He studied at St John's College, Cambridge,[2] and became vicar of Lutterworth and of Claybrook. He was canon of Windsor in 1808.

He was successively Bishop of Gloucester, from 1815, and Bishop of Lichfield and Coventry, from 1824. His kneeling statue by Francis Legatt Chantrey is in Lichfield Cathedral.

John Henry Newman, in his Apologia Pro Vita Sua, speaks of the veneration in which he held Bishop Ryder.[3][4]


Ryder married Sophia, daughter of Thomas March Phillips, in 1802. Their second son George Dudley Ryder was the father of the Very Reverend Henry Ignatius Dudley Ryder. Their fifth son was Admiral of the Fleet Sir Alfred Phillips Ryder. Their sixth and youngest son Spencer Ryder was the ancestor of the soldier and politician Robert Ryder. Ryder died in March 1836, aged 58. His wife died in August 1862.


After his death a bronze medallion was issued:

Bronze Medal 1836 in honour of Bishop Henry Dudley Ryder by Thomas Wells Ingram, Birmingham


  1. ^ Ryder, Henry in: Oxford University Press, retrieved o7 January 2014.
  2. ^ "Ryder, the Hon Dudley (RDR779D)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  3. ^ Wikisource-logo.svg "Henry Ignatius Dudley Ryder". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. 1913. 
  4. ^ Concise Dictionary of National Biography


Church of England titles
Preceded by
George Isaac Huntingford
Bishop of Gloucester
Succeeded by
Christopher Bethell
Preceded by
The Hon
James Cornwallis
Bishop of Lichfield
Succeeded by
Samuel Butler