Daniel Sandford (Bishop of Tasmania)

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Memorial to Rev Daniel Fox Sandford, St John's, Edinburgh
Daniel Fox Sandford's grave, St Johns, Princes Street, Edinburgh

The Right Rev Daniel Fox Sandford, FRSE LLD (25 July 1831 – 20 August 1906)[1] was the Bishop of Tasmania from 1883[2] until 1889.[3]


He was born in Glasgow on 25 July 1831 the son of Professor (later Sir) Daniel Kyte Sandford, professor of Greek at Glasgow University, and his wife "Miss Charnock". His paternal grandfather was Daniel Sandford, Bishop of Edinburgh.

He studied Divinity at Glasgow University and was ordained in 1854.

He was Chaplain to the Bishop of Edinburgh. During this time he lived at Ashfield Cottage on Greenhill Gardens in western Edinburgh.[4] In 1864 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. His proposer was Peter Guthrie Tait.[5]

Subsequently a vicar,[6] then canon within the Edinburgh area he was elevated to the colonial episcopate in 1883, with the title of Bishop of Tasmania.[7] Returning to Great Britain six years later he became Rector of Boldon and coadjutor to Joseph Lightfoot and Brooke Foss Westcott, two successive Bishops of Durham.[8] He retired from the parish of Boldon and the position as assistant bishop in late 1902, owing to his poor heath.[9]

He is buried in the upper terrace of St Johns Church at the west end of Princes Street in Edinburgh.


His brothers were Francis Sandford, 1st Baron Sandford and Sir Herbert Sandford.

His uncle was the legal author Erskine Douglas Sandford FRSE.


  1. ^ thepeerage.com
  2. ^ The Times, Monday, 30 Apr 1883; pg. 6; Issue 30807; col B The New Bishop Of Tasmania.-The Rt Rev DF Sandford
  3. ^ Crockford's clerical directory 1975-76 Lambeth, Church House, ISSN 0955-0747
  4. ^ Edinburgh Post Office Directory 1860
  5. ^ Biographical Index of Former Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 1783–2002 (PDF). The Royal Society of Edinburgh. July 2006. ISBN 0 902 198 84 X.
  6. ^ Incumbency details
  7. ^ "Episcopal details". Archived from the original on 30 July 2009. Retrieved 7 October 2010.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  8. ^ Online biography
  9. ^ "Ecclesiastical intelligence". The Times (36861). London. 1 September 1902. p. 4.
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Charles Bromby
Bishop of Tasmania
1883 –1889
Succeeded by
Henry Montgomery