Alfred Ainger

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Alfred Ainger
Alfred Ainger by Hugh Goldwin Rivière.jpg
Portrait of Alfred Aigner by Hugh Goldwin Rivière
Born (1837-02-09)9 February 1837
Died 8 February 1904(1904-02-08) (aged 66)
Occupation Biographer and critic
Nationality English

Alfred Ainger (9 February 1837 – 8 February 1904) was an English biographer and critic.


The son of an architect in London, he was educated at University College School, King's College London and Trinity College, Cambridge,[1] from where he subsequently entered the Church, and, after holding various minor preferments,[2] became Master of the Temple in July 1894.[3] He was appointed an Honorary Chaplain to Queen Victoria 28 January 1895,[4] and a Chaplain-in-Ordinary to her Majesty 2 March 1896.[5]

He wrote memoirs of Thomas Hood and George Crabbe, but is best known for his biography of Charles Lamb and his edition of Lamb's works in 6 volumes (1883–88). He was a contributor the Dictionary of National Biography, writing the entries on Lamb, Alfred Tennyson, Frederick Tennyson, Charles Tennyson Turner and George Louis Palmella Busson Du Maurier, under the initials "A.A.".



  1. ^ "Ainger, Alfred (ANGR856A)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  2. ^ Wikisource-logo.svg Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Ainger, Alfred". Encyclopædia Britannica. 1 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 440. 
  3. ^ The London Gazette: no. 26531. p. 4021. 13 July 1894.
  4. ^ The London Gazette: no. 26593. p. 548. 29 January 1895.
  5. ^ The London Gazette: no. 26717. p. 1268. 3 March 1896.

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