|Religion||Church of England|
|Born||26 May 1906
|Died||6 June 1983
|Title||Dean of Westminster|
|Period in office||1959-1974|
Abbott was born in Nottingham in 1906 to William Henry Abbott and Mary Symes, both schoolteachers. He was educated at Nottingham High School and later studied classics and theology at Jesus College, Cambridge. After graduating he held a number of different posts, such as chaplain (1932–1936) and dean (1945–1955) of King's College London, and warden of Keble College, Oxford (1956–1960). He was also a chaplain to King George VI (1948–1952) and Queen Elizabeth II (1952–1959). In 1959, he was made Dean of Westminster, a position he held until 1974. As such he presided over the 900th anniversary of the founding of the abbey in 1965-1966. In 1966 he was knighted as a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO).
Abbott never married. He died at Haslemere in 1983. In his memory the Eric Symes Abbott Memorial Fund provides for annual lectures on spirituality, held alternately in Oxford and London.
- Escape or freedom? (Heffer and Sons, Cambridge, 1939)
- Foothold of faith (Dacre Press, Westminster, 1943)
- Catholicity: a study in the conflict of Christian traditions in the West (Dacre Press, Westminster, 1947)
- Education in the spiritual life (Doncaster, 1961)
- The compassion of God and the Passion of Christ (Geoffrey Bles, London, 1963)
- Evans, Sydney, "Abbott, Eric Symes (1906–1983)", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004