Arthur Lyttelton

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The Right Reverend Hon
Arthur Lyttelton
Bishop of Southampton
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Church Church of England
Archdiocese Diocese of Winchester
Appointed 1898
Term ended 1903
Predecessor George Fisher
Successor James Macarthur
Ordination 1876
Personal details
Birth name Arthur Temple Lyttelton
Born (1852-01-07)7 January 1852
Westminster, London, England
Died 19 February 1903(1903-02-19) (aged 51)
Petersfield, Hampshire, England
Parents George Lyttelton, 4th Baron Lyttelton and Mary Glynne
Spouse Kathleen Mary (née Clive)
Children Margaret Lucy, Archer Geoffrey, Stephen Clive
Alma mater

Arthur Temple Lyttelton MA DD (7 January 1852 – 19 February 1903) was an Anglican Bishop from the Lyttelton family. After studying at Eton College and Cambridge University, he was ordained as a priest in 1877, and was a curate at St Mary's in Reading. He later served as vicar in Eccles, before being appointed as the third Suffragan Bishop of Southampton. He gave and published a number of lectures relating to his faith, and was the Hulsean Lecturer in 1891. He was also one of eleven members of the Lyttelton family to play first-class cricket.

After a short time as a tutor at Keble College, Oxford, he became the first Master of Selwyn College, Cambridge.

Early life and cricket career[edit]

Arthur Lyttelton was born in Westminster, London on 12 June 1847, the fifth son of George Lyttelton, 4th Baron Lyttelton and his first wife Mary Glynne.[1] Having studied at Eton College, he attended Trinity College, Cambridge, from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in 1874 and received his Master of Arts (M.A.) in 1877.[2]

Lyttelton played a match for the "Gentlemen of Worcestershire" in 1866, when he was 14, playing alongside two of his older brothers, Charles and George.[3] The Lyttelton family was closely associated with cricket in Worcestershire, and most of the family appeared for the county at some time. He played for Eton in his final year at the school, and appeared in the annual fixture against Harrow that year, his performance being of little note. Eton won the match by 21 runs, in which Lyttelton scored two runs in the first innings and remained not out with five runs in the second. He batted at number ten in both innings, and did not bowl.[4] He suffered a pair during a match between Worcestershire and Herefordshire in 1871,[5] During his time at Cambridge University, Lyttelton frequently appeared for the "Quidnuncs", a cricket club generally populated by former university cricketers who had earnt a blue.[6]

He never played first-class cricket for the university, but did appear against them in one match in 1872; his only first-class appearance.[7] Lyttelton was part of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) team which played the university at Lord's Cricket Ground in June that year. He batted at number seven, and after scoring a duck in the first innings, he scored four runs in the second of a low-scoring match in which only W. G. Grace passed 50 runs in an innings.[8] He made a second appearance for the MCC that summer, as part of a side which beat a Worcestershire team containing two of his brothers by three wickets.[9] He played little more notable cricket, turning out for the Quidnuncs and the Free Foresters infrequently.[10] He was described in Scores and Biographies as being "Like the rest of the family he is a fine free hitter, and an excellent field at long-leg, or middle-wicket-off."[11]

Later life[edit]

St John the Baptist Church, Hagley, grave of Arthur Temple Lyttelton (1852–1903), Bishop of Southampton.

He was ordained as a deacon in Oxford in 1876, and as a priest the following year. He began his career with a Curacy at St Mary's, Reading, and in 1879 became a tutor at Keble College, Oxford, a role he remained in until 1882.[2] He married in 1880 to Kathleen Mary Clive, daughter of the Liberal politician George Clive; they had three children; Margaret Lucy; Archer Geoffrey and Stephen Clive.[1] He was appointed as the first Master of Selwyn College, Cambridge in 1882. He had connections to the Liberal prime minister William Ewart Gladstone; his aunt was the wife of Gladstone,[12] and his brother George served as his Private Secretary.[1] This connection, along with Lyttelton's moderate political views helped Selwyn College to be accepted as part of the university. Lyttelton had caused some consternation when he ruled that in general only members of the Church of England would be admitted to the college, despite government acts of 1856 and 1871 which allowed undergraduates and faculty members of any religion, or no religion to be admitted. In 1893 Lyttelton left the college to return to ecclesiastical work,[12] and became the Vicar of Eccles.[13]

He was an Honorary Chaplain to Queen Victoria from 1895 until the following year,[2] when he was appointed as Chaplain in Ordinary to the Queen,[14] a position he served until 1898. He was briefly named as an Honorary Canon of Manchester in 1898,[2] but later that year ascended to the Episcopate as the Bishop of Southampton, suffragan to the Bishop of Winchester.[13] In the same year, he was appointed as Provost at St. Nicholas College, Lancing, West Sussex.[15] He was one of a number of contributors to Lux Mundi.[13] He was granted a Doctorate in Divinity from the University of Cambridge in 1899.[2] In 1900, he was appointed Archdeacon of Winchester.[2] He died of cancer at his home in Petersfield, Hampshire on 19 February 1903. He was described in a history of Selwyn College as a "fine teacher and a reserved, aloof-seeming man of judgement, decision and piety."[12] A public room at Selwyn College was named the "Lyttelton Room" in his honour.[12] He was Lady Margaret's Preacher in each of 1885 and 1897, and delivered the Hulsean Lectures in 1891.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Mosley, Charles, ed. (2003). Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage. 1 (107th ed.). Wilmington, Delaware: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd. p. 839. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Lyttelton, Arthur Temple (LTLN870AT)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  3. ^ "Gentlemen of Worcestershire v Gentlemen of Herefordshire: Other matches in England 1866". CricketArchive. Retrieved 6 December 2011. (Subscription required (help)). 
  4. ^ "Eton College v Harrow School: Other matches in England 1870". CricketArchive. Retrieved 6 December 2011. (Subscription required (help)). 
  5. ^ "Gentlemen of Worcestershire v Gentlemen of Herefordshire: Other matches in England 1871". CricketArchive. Retrieved 6 December 2011. (Subscription required (help)). 
  6. ^ "Quidnuncs Cricket Club". Cambridge University Cricket Club. Retrieved 6 December 2011. 
  7. ^ "First-Class Matches played by Arthur Lyttelton (1)". CricketArchive. Retrieved 6 December 2011. (Subscription required (help)). 
  8. ^ "Marylebone Cricket Club v Cambridge University: University Match 1872". CricketArchive. Retrieved 6 December 2011. (Subscription required (help)). 
  9. ^ "Gentlemen of Worcestershire v Marylebone Cricket Club: Other matches in England 1872". CricketArchive. Retrieved 6 December 2011. (Subscription required (help)). 
  10. ^ "Other matches played by Arthur Lyttelton (22)". CricketArchive. Retrieved 6 December 2011. 
  11. ^ "Obituaries in 1903". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 6 December 2011. 
  12. ^ a b c d "Selwyn College 1882–1973: A Short History" (PDF). Selwyn College, Cambridge. 1973. Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 February 2012. Retrieved 6 December 2011. 
  13. ^ a b c William Farrer; J. Brownbill, eds. (1911). "A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 4". British History Online. pp. 352–362. 
  14. ^ "The Bishop of Southampton". The New York Times. 21 February 1903. Retrieved 6 December 2011. 
  15. ^ Whitaker, Cuthbert Wilfrid, ed. (1900). A register of S. Nicholas college, Lancing, from its foundation at Shoreham in August, 1848 to the commencement of the month of November, 1900. London: Bradbury, Agnew, & Co. 
Church of England titles
Preceded by
George Carnac Fisher
Bishop of Southampton
Succeeded by
James Macarthur
Academic offices
Preceded by
New position
Master of Selwyn College, Cambridge
Succeeded by
John Selwyn