Dean and Canons of Windsor

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St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, left, 1848.

The Dean and Canons of Windsor are the ecclesiastical body of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.[1]


The stalls for the Dean and Canons in the chapel

The college of Canons was established in 1348 by Letters Patent of King Edward III. It was formally constituted on the Feast of St Andrew the Apostle, 30 November 1352, when the statutes drawn up by William Edington, Bishop of Winchester, as Papal Delegate, were solemnly delivered to William Mugge, the Warden of the College.[2]

Accepting that the process of foundation took several years to complete, the college takes the year 1348 as its formal date of foundation.


Rubbing of monumental brass in Eton College Chapel, of Roger Lupton (d.1540). His hair displays the tonsure of a cleric. He wears the mantle of a Canon of Windsor (based in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle), displaying on his left shoulder a Cross of St George within a circle

Three ancient monumental brasses survive depicting Canons of Windsor, wearing the mantle of the Order of the Garter, purple in colour, with a circular badge on the left shoulder, displaying: Argent, a cross gules (a Cross of St George):[3]

  1. c. 1370. Roger Parkers, North Stoke, Oxfordshire (half effigy with inscription; head lost).
  2. 1540. Roger Lupton, LL.D., Provost of Eton College and Canon of Windsor. Eton College Chapel (mantle worn over fur-lined cassock; no surplice).
  3. 1558. Arthur Cole, S.T.B., President of Magdalen, at Magdalen College, Oxford. Showing a very ornate mantle worn over cassock and surplice.

The long cords which fasten the mantle are well represented at North Stoke and Magdalen College. In the two later examples it is gathered. On the Eton brass the mantle is fastened at the neck. The lost effigy of John Robyns, d. 1558, of which the inscription remains in St George's Chapel, may have shown him wearing the mantle. (See: "Brasses of Canons of Windsor," by the Rev. J. E. Field, The Antiquaryy Vol. XV., 1887; For military examples, see Ch. III). Brasses of Canons of Windsor are found showing them vested in copes, without the Garter badge, as at Thurcaston, Leicestershire. (John Mershdcn, 1425), and at Harrow (Simon Marcheford, 1442). A brass was discovered in 1890 at Bennington, near Stevenage, Hertfordshire, showing a small mutilated effigy of a priest in a cope with a round badge (possibly a rose) on the left shoulder. The cope has an orphrey. This has been supposed to represent a Canon of Windsor. (See Transactions of the Cambridge University Association of Brass Collectors, Vol. II, p. 24).

Suspension of canonries[edit]

Section 9 of the Ecclesiastical Commissioners Act 1840 provided for the suspension of eight of the canonries at St George's. It required that the first two vacant canonries should be suspended, the next filled, the next two suspended, the next filled, the next two suspended, the next filled, and the next two suspended.[4]

Current chapter[edit]

  • Canon Chaplain — Martin Poll
  • Canon Treasurer and Warden, St George's House — Hueston Finlay
  • Canon Steward — Mark Powell
Minor Canons
  • Minor Canon and School Chaplain - Franklin Lee

Deans of Windsor[edit]

See List of Deans of Windsor for chronological list.

Canons of the First Stall[edit]

Canonry of the First Stall suspended 1861 by Act of 1840.

Canons of the Second Stall[edit]

Canonry of the Second Stall then suspended by Act of 1840.

Canons of the Third Stall[edit]

Canonry of the Third Stall suspended by Act of 1840.

Canons of the Fourth Stall[edit]

Canonry suspended by Act of 1840.

Canons of the Fifth Stall[edit]

Canons of the Sixth Stall[edit]

Canons of the Seventh Stall[edit]

Canonry suspended in 1860 by Act of 1840.

Canons of the Eighth Stall[edit]

Canonry of the Eighth Stall suspended by the Act of 1840.

Canons of the Ninth Stall[edit]

Canons of the Tenth Stall[edit]

Canonry of the Tenth Stall suspended by the Act of 1840.

Canons of the Eleventh Stall[edit]

Canons of the Twelfth Stall[edit]

Twelfth Stall suspended under the Act of 1840.


  1. ^ Dean & Canons of Windsor, St George's House Windsor Castle, viewed 18 April 2008,
  2. ^ Canon S. L. Ollard, Fasti Wyndesoriensis. The Deans and Canons of St. George's Chapel (Historical monographs relating to St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, Volume 8, 1950)
  3. ^ Druitt, Herbert, A Manual of Costume as Illustrated By Monumental Brasses, London, 1906, pp.92-3 [1]
  4. ^ Ecclesiastical Commissioners Act 1840 (c. 113), section 9.
  5. ^ "No. 27420". The London Gazette. 28 March 1902. p. 2153.
  6. ^ "Canon Alan Coldwells - Obituaries, News". London: The Independent. Retrieved 2011-03-13.
  7. ^ "College of St George - Windsor Castle - New Canon of Windsor". 23 April 2009. Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-03-13.
  8. ^ Reference, Victoria & Albert Museum.
  9. ^ Reference, National Portrait Gallery.
  10. ^ Colin Slee (23 November 2009). "Stephen Verney obituary | World news". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-03-13.
  11. ^ "Obituary: Canon G. B. Bentley - The Independent (London, England) | HighBeam Research - FREE trial". 1996-09-25. Retrieved 2011-03-13.
  12. ^ "John White Authorised Biography – Debrett's People of Today, John White Profile". 27 June 1942. Archived from the original on 31 July 2012. Retrieved 2011-03-13.
  13. ^ "New Canon of Windsor". St George's Chapel Windsor. 2015-11-16. Retrieved 2016-04-06.