Augustus Legge

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Augustus Legge
Bishop of Lichfield
Bp Augustus Legge.jpg
Diocese Diocese of Lichfield
In office 1891–1913
Predecessor William Maclagan
Successor John Kempthorne
Other posts Vicar of Sydenham (1867–1879)
Vicar of Lewisham (1879–1891)
Ordination 1864
Consecration 1891
Personal details
Born (1839-11-28)28 November 1839
Died 15 March 1913(1913-03-15) (aged 73)
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Parents William Legge, 4th Earl of Dartmouth & Frances Barrington
Spouse Fanny Stopford-Sackville
Children several
Alma mater Christ Church, Oxford
Legge as caricatured in Vanity Fair, May 1897

Augustus Legge (28 November 1839[1] – 15 March 1913)[2] was Bishop of Lichfield from 1891[3] until 1913.

Family and education[edit]

Legge was the third son of William Legge, 4th Earl of Dartmouth, by his second wife Frances, daughter of George Barrington, 5th Viscount Barrington. William Legge, 5th Earl of Dartmouth, was his half-brother and Heneage Legge his full brother.[4] He was educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford. He married Fanny Louisa, daughter of William Bruce Stopford Sackville, in 1877. They had several children. Fanny died in December 1911. Legge survived her by two years and died in March 1913, aged 73.[4]


Ordained in 1864,[1] he served curacies at Handsworth, Staffordshire (1864–1866) — where his family owned land — and afterwards at St Mary's, Bryanston Square (1866–1867).[5] His brother (by then Earl of Dartmouth, and patron of the church) presented him to become[5] Vicar of St Bartholomew's, Sydenham[6] (1867–1879); he became additionally domestic chaplain to Anthony Thorold, Bishop of Rochester, and an honorary canon of Rochester Cathedral (1877–1891);[1] he succeeded his uncle (Henry Legge) as Vicar of St Mary's, Lewisham (1879–1891)[5] — where his brother was lord of the manor; and served additionally as Rural Dean of Greenwich (1880–1886);[1] and of Lewisham[7] (1886–1891)[1] before his appointment to the episcopate in 1891. From 1873 to 1876 he was a member of the London School Board, representing the Greenwich Division.[8]


  1. ^ a b c d e Legge, Augustus. Who Was Who. 1920–2016 (April 2014 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 29 May 2017.  closed access publication – behind paywall
  2. ^ The Times, Friday, 21 March 1913; p. 7; Issue 40165; col. B Deaths
  3. ^ Two New Bishops Nominated Birmingham And Lichfield The Times, Friday, 19 June 1953; p. 8; Issue 52652; col. D
  4. ^ a b Mosley, Charles (ed.). Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, volume 1. (Wilmington, Delaware, USA: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003.) p. 924.
  5. ^ a b c "The new appointments. (Archived; subscription only)". Church Times (#1483). 26 June 1891. p. 621. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 29 May 2017. (Subscription required (help)). 
  6. ^ Sydenham Society Archived 20 February 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ "The Clergy List, Clerical Guide and Ecclesiastical Directory" London, Hamilton & Co 1889
  8. ^ "The London School Board Elections". Daily News. 29 November 1873. 
Church of England titles
Preceded by
William Maclagan
Bishop of Lichfield
Succeeded by
John Kempthorne