Arthur Purey-Cust

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Memorial to Purey-Cust in the south transept of York Minster

Arthur Perceval Purey-Cust (21 February 1828–23 December 1916[1]) was a Church of England priest[2] and author[3] and in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.[4]


Purey-Cust was born into a distinguished family, the younger son of the Honourable William Cust,[5] younger son of Brownlow Cust, 1st Baron Brownlow. His mother was Sophia, daughter of Thomas Newnham.[6]


He was educated at Brasenose College,[7] and later became a fellow of All Souls' College, Oxford. He was ordained deacon 1851 and priest 1852.

Early career[edit]

His early posts were: a curacy at Northchurch, Hertfordshire; incumbencies at Cheddington and Reading; Honorary Canon of Oxford; and Rural Dean of Oxford.


He became the Archdeacon of Buckingham in June 1875, and installed Vicar of Aylesbury in the same year.[8] His final appointment was as Dean of York from 1880 to 1916.[9]

Legacy and death[edit]

For the next 36 years he meticulously catalogued York Minster's heritage[10] and died in harness in his 88th year.[11] His portrait hangs in the National Portrait Gallery.[12]


  1. ^ BBC Art Collection
  2. ^ National Archives
  3. ^ Amongst others he wrote "Parochial Organization" (1877); The Heraldry of York Minster" (1890); "Picturesque Old York" (1896); Our English Minsters" (1897); and "The Crowning of Monarchs" (1907)
  4. ^ 2328 Lodge history
  5. ^ (a)
  6. ^ (b)
  7. ^ "Who was Who" 1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X.
  8. ^ Vicars of the Parish Church of St. Mary, Aylesbury. GENUKI. Retrieved 17 February 2009.
  9. ^ The Times, Thursday, 8 April 1880; p. 5; Issue 29850; col F The New Dean Of York.
  10. ^ "The Heraldry of York Minster" Cust, APP: Leeds, Richard Jackson, 1890.
  11. ^ The Times, Monday, 21 February 1916; p. 11; Issue 41095; col B.
  12. ^ NPG listing

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