Hugh Percy (bishop)
|The Right Reverend
|Bishop of Carlisle|
|Church||Church of England|
|Diocese||Diocese of Carlisle|
|Term ended||1856 (death)|
|Other posts||Bishop of Rochester
Dean of Canterbury
|Consecration||15 July 1827|
29 January 1784|
|Died||5 February 1856
Rose Castle, Cumbria
|Residence||Rose Castle, Cumbria|
|Parents||Algernon Percy, 1st Earl & Countess of Beverley (née Isabella Burrell)|
m. 1806; d. 1831
|Children||8 daughters; 3 sons inc. Algernon Heber Percy & Revd Henry Percy|
|Alma mater||St John's College, Cambridge|
Percy was the third son of Algernon Percy, 1st Earl of Beverley, by Isabella Susannah Burrell, second daughter of Peter Burrell and sister of Peter Burrell, 1st Baron Gwydyr, and was born in London. His mother was sister to Frances Julia Burrell, who married Hugh Percy, 2nd Duke of Northumberland. He was educated at Eton and St John's College, Cambridge, where he graduated M.A. 1805, and D.D. 1825; he was admitted ad eundem at Oxford in 1834.
Having taken holy orders, he married, 19 May 1806, Mary, eldest daughter of Charles Manners-Sutton, archbishop of Canterbury, by whom in 1809 he was collated to the benefices of Bishopsbourne and Ivychurch, Kent. In 1810 he was appointed chancellor and prebendary of Exeter, appointments he held until 1816. On 21 December 1812 he was installed chancellor of Salisbury Cathedral. In 1816 he was collated by his father-in-law to a prebendal stall at Canterbury Cathedral, and in the same year he received the stall of Finsbury at St Paul's Cathedral, which he held until his death. In 1822 he was made Archdeacon of Canterbury, and in 1825, on the death of Gerrard Andrewes, he was raised to the deanery. While dean of Canterbury he promoted the repair of the interior of the cathedral. Two years later (15 July 1827), on the death of Walker King, he was consecrated bishop of Rochester; after a few months' tenure, he was translated, on the death of Samuel Goodenough, to Carlisle. This bishopric he held till his death.
In 1838 he established a clergy aid society, and in 1855 a diocesan education society. He found Rose Castle, the episcopal residence, much dilapidated; he called in the architect Thomas Rickman, and the house was entirely remodelled. The main cost was defrayed out of the episcopal revenues, but he spent his own money on the gardens, grounds, and outbuildings. A rosary was laid out by Sir Joseph Paxton, who also formed the terraced gardens. He was fond of farming, and on his journeys to and from London, to attend the House of Lords, he used to drive his four horses himself. He died at Rose Castle and was buried in the parish churchyard of Dalston.
His first wife Mary, by whom he had three sons and eight daughters, died in September 1831. He married, secondly, in February 1840, Mary, the daughter of Sir William Hope Johnstone. His eldest son, Algernon, married Emily, daughter of Bishop Reginald Heber, and heiress of her uncle, Richard Heber, and assumed the name of Heber in addition to his own, becoming Algernon Heber-Percy. His second son, Rved Henry, was also a priest.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: "Percy, Hugh (1784-1856)". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.
|Church of England titles|
|Dean of Canterbury
|Bishop of Rochester
|Bishop of Carlisle