Charles Ovenden

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Charles Ovenden
Born Charles Thomas Ovenden
(1846-09-11)11 September 1846
Enniskillen, County Fermanagh
Died 9 July 1924(1924-07-09) (aged 77)
Earlscliffe, Baily, County Dublin
Church Anglican

Charles Thomas Ovenden (11 September 1846 – 9 July 1924)[1] was an Irish Anglican priest,[2] author,[3] and Dean of St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin of the Church of Ireland.[4]

Born in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland[5] he was educated at the Portora Royal School, Enniskillen and Trinity College, Dublin. Ordained in 1870,[6] his first position was as a curate at Magdalene Church, Belfast. Later he was Rector of Dunluce, County Antrim and then Succentor at St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin. He was Rector of Portrush from 1884 to 1886 when he became Precentor of Clogher.[7] In 1903 he became Dean of Clogher[8] before moving to Dublin in 1911.[9] During World War I he protested the German submarine actions and while the Dean of St. Patrick's Church was quoted by The Telegraph as saying that he prays with all heart "that [the German] knvasish tricks might be confounded".[10]

He married Isabella Mary Ovenden (née Robinson) in 1871. They had one daughter, Florence Irene Harriet Wynne-Finch (née Ovenden), and they also raised Charles Ovenden's niece Ella Webb (née Ovenden).[11]


  1. ^ "The Dean Of St. Patrick's". The Times (iss. 43701). London. July 11, 1924. p. 16; col. E. ISSN 0140-0460. 
  2. ^ Fryde, E.B.; Greenway, D.E.; et al. (1996), Handbook of British Chronology, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, ISBN 9780521563505 
  3. ^ Amongst others he wrote "To Whom shall we go?", 1902; "The Church Navvy", 1903; "The Enthusiasm of Christianity", 1904; "Problems in Life and Religion", 1906; "Deep Questions", 1907; and "Modern Criticism of the Holy Scriptures", 1913 > British Library website accessed 19:47 GMT 28 February 2011
  4. ^ "New Dean Of St. Patrick's", The Times (iss. 39648; col. C), p. 4, 27 July 1911 
  5. ^ Who was Who 1897-2007 London, A & C Black, 2007, ISBN 9780199540877
  6. ^ Ordination Services in Holywood Parish Church. The Belfast News-Letter (Belfast, Ireland), Monday, September 26, 1870; Issue 54827
  7. ^ "The Clergy List, Clerical Guide and Ecclesiastical Directory" London, John Phillips, 1900
  8. ^ Cathedrals in the Clogher Diocese
  9. ^ "A New History of Ireland" by Theodore William Moody, F. X. Martin, Francis John Byrne, Art Cosgrove: Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1976 ISBN 0198217455
  10. ^ "Their Knavish Tricks", The Daily Telegraph, p. 9, 16 April 1915, ISSN 0307-1235, OCLC 49632006, retrieved April 16, 2015 
  11. ^ Unknown. "Earlscliffe Residents 1922 to 1930". The Robinson Garden at Earlscliffe, Baily, Co. Dublin, Ireland. Retrieved 12 February 2015. 
Church of Ireland titles
Preceded by
George Tottenham
Dean of Clogher
Succeeded by
Arthur Newburgh Haire-Forster
Preceded by
John Henry Bernard
Dean of St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin
Succeeded by
Hugh Jackson Lawlor