James Atlay was the son of Rev Henry Atlay and Elizabeth Rayner Hovell. Educated at Oakham School, he entered St John's College, Cambridge, where he held a fellowship from 1846 to 1859. He was vicar of Madingley, near Cambridge, from 1847 to 1852, and Queen's preacher at the Chapel Royal, Whitehall, 1857. He occupied the position of a senior tutor in his college at the time he was elected in 1859 to the vicarage of Leeds. Dr Atlay was appointed a canon of Ripon Cathedral in 1861.
He married in 1859 Frances Turner, younger daughter of Major William Martin of the Bengal Army. The Rt. Rev. James Atlay DD died on 24 December 1894 aged 77 and is buried in Hereford Cathedral where he has a magnificent memorial in the north transept.
This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Atlay, James Beresford (1901). "Atlay, James". In Sidney Lee. Dictionary of National Biography, 1901 supplement. London: Smith, Elder & Co.
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Renn Dickson Hampden
|Bishop of Hereford
1868 – 1894
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