William Otter

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William Otter
Bust of William Otter in Chichester Cathedral

William Otter (23 October 1768 – 20 August 1840) was the first Principal of King's College, London, who later served as Bishop of Chichester.[1] He was educated at Jesus College, Cambridge where he was later made a fellow.[2] He was appointed Principal of the newly established King's College, London, in 1831, and held the post until 1836 when he was appointed Bishop of Chichester.

Family[edit]

William Otter was born at Cuckney, Nottinghamshire on 23 Oct 1768, the son of Dorothy née Wright ( -1772) and Rev. Edward Otter. On 3 July 1804 in Leatherhead, Surrey he married Nancy Sadleir Bruère, daughter of George Bruere, British Governor of Bermuda. They had three sons and five daughters:

  • Sophia Otter (1807-1889), married the Reverend Henry Malthus (1805-1882), son of Thomas Robert Malthus FRS
  • Jacqueline Elizabeth Otter (1811-1849) married Alexander Trotter a banker and stockbroker working at Coutts bank. Among their children were:
After Jacqueline's death Alexander married Isabella Strange (1816-1878) daughter of Sir Thomas Strange. Their children were:
  • Alexander Pelham Trotter (1857-1947) an electrical engineer who married Alys Fane Keatinge (1852-1961)
  • Margaret Trotter (1850-1942) who married the historian Prof. Hugh Edward Egerton (1855-1927)
  • Reginald William Ongley Otter (1826-1862)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The first Principals of King's College London". Retrieved 2008-11-30. 
  2. ^ "Otter, William (OTR785W)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Letter of Midshipman William Otter
  5. ^  Trotter, Coutts (1899). "Trotter, Coutts (DNB00)". In Lee, Sidney. Dictionary of National Biography 57. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 
Academic offices
Preceded by
New position
Principal of King's College London
1831–1836
Succeeded by
Hugh James Rose
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Edward Maltby
Bishop of Chichester
1836–1840
Succeeded by
Philip Nicholas Shuttleworth