Donald Spence Jones

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Henry Donald Maurice Spence (Spence Jones from 1904; 14 January 1836 - 2 November 1917) was an Anglican dean and author in the last decades of the 19th century and the start of the 20th.[1][2]

The son of the barrister and Chancery reformer George Spence, he was born at Pall Mall, London and educated at Harvard University and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge,[3] and ordained in 1865.[4] He was a Lecturer in Hebrew at St David's College, Lampeter until 1870 when he became Rector of St Mary de Crypt, Gloucester.[5] From 1877 to 1886 he was Rural Dean of St Pancras[6] when he became Dean of Gloucester, a post he held until his death. As Dean, he banned performances of Edward Elgar's choral work The Dream of Gerontius from Gloucester Cathedral from 1900 until 1910 because of Roman Catholic references in its text.[7] He adopted, additionally, the surname Jones (his wife's maiden name) in 1904.[3] At some point he became a Doctor of Divinity (DD).


  • Talmudical Commentary on Genesis, 1883
  • Cloister Life in Days of Cœur de Lion, 1892
  • The Church of England: a History for the People (4 vols), 1904
  • The Early Christians in Rome, 1910
  • "The Pulpit Commentary", 1909–1919


  1. ^ Obituary The Dean Of Gloucester. The Times Saturday, Nov 03, 1917; pg. 8; Issue 41626; col E
  2. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  3. ^ a b "Spence (post Spence-Jones), Henry Donald Moritz (or Maurice) (SPN861HD)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  4. ^ "The Clergy List, Clerical Guide and Ecclesiastical Directory" London, Hamilton & Co 1889
  5. ^ Photo of church Archived July 14, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ The Carmarthenshire Historian Archived 2011-07-25 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Lewis, Geraint, "A Cathedral in Sound", Gramophone, September 2008, p. 50
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Henry Montagu Butler
Dean of Gloucester
Succeeded by
Henry Gee