Christopher Wren (priest)

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Christopher Wren B.D. (1589 – 29 May 1659) was Dean of Windsor from 1635 to 1659.[1]


He was the brother of the preceding Dean of Windsor, Matthew Wren.

He married Mary Cox, and his son was the architect Christopher Wren.


He was educated at Merchant Taylors School and St John’s College, Cambridge and graduated BA in 1609, MA in 1613, BD in 1620.

He was appointed:

He was appointed Dean of Windsor in 1635. When Parliamentary forces occupied Windsor Castle, he refused to give the keys of the Chapel to Captain Fogg. Captain Fogg broke open the treasury and plundered it. Wren managed to preserve the records of the Order of the Garter, and King Edward III’s sword.


  1. ^ Fasti Wyndesorienses, May 1950. S. L. Ollard. Published by the Dean and Canons of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle