Elias Sydall

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Elias Sydall (1672–1733) was an English bishop of St David's and bishop of Gloucester.


He was the son of a glover of Norwich. He matriculated at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge in 1688, graduating B.A. in 1692 and M.A. in 1695. He became D.D. in 1705. He was a Fellow of Corpus from 1696 to 1703.

He became chaplain to Archbishop Thomas Tenison in 1702. Subsequently, he had rectories in Kent: Biddenden (1702); Ivychurch from 1705; and Great Mongeham from 1707. He was a canon of Canterbury Cathedral from 1707 to 1728 (Stall IV).[1]

He became Master of Harbledown Hospital in Kent, in 1711.[2] He was chaplain to George I of England, from 1716 to 1728. He then became Dean of Canterbury in 1728, Bishop of St David's in 1731 (consecrated bishop 11 April 1731), and was translated Bishop of Gloucester on 2 November 1731. He died 24 December 1733.


  • "Elias Sydall (SDL688E)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  • Joseph Meadows Cowper (1900), The Lives of the Deans of Canterbury, 1541 to 1900, p. 159.
Church of England titles
Preceded by
George Stanhope
Dean of Canterbury
Succeeded by
John Lynch
Preceded by
Joseph Wilcocks
Bishop of Gloucester
Succeeded by
Martin Benson
Preceded by
Richard Smalbroke
Bishop of St David's
Succeeded by
Nicholas Clagett