Francis Austin

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The Very Reverend Francis Webster Austin (4 November 1829, Clapham, Surrey – 1905, Abingdon) was an Anglo-Guyanese clergyman, Dean of St George's Cathedral, Georgetown, British Guiana from 1884 until 1890.

Austin was the son of the Rev. Wiltshire Stanton Austin and Dunkin Webster.[1] He was educated at King's College London and Jesus College, Cambridge, gaining his BA in 1855.[2] Ordained deacon in 1856, he was briefly Curate of St Nicholas, Cardiff before emigrating to British Guiana. He married his cousin, Jo Austin, in 1858.[1] Initially Diocesan Registrar he was then successively Rural Dean of Berbice,[3] Archdeacon of Demerara, British Guiana and then Dean of the Diocese’s Cathedral from 1884 to 1890.[4] Before Austin's appointment, William Piercy Austin, Bishop since 1840, had also served as Dean.[5]

Returning to England Austin became Rector of West Ilsley, Berkshire in 1892.[6] Living in Abingdon in 1904, he died there in 1905.[7]


  1. ^ a b Descendants of Col. Thomas Austin: Fourth Generation
  2. ^ "Austin, Francis Webster (ASTN851FW)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  3. ^ Details from Roots Web
  4. ^ Diocesan History Archived 9 July 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ The Clergy List, Clerical Guide and Ecclesiastical Directory, London, Hamilton & Co, 1889
  6. ^ 'Ecclesiastical Intelligence', The Times, Wednesday, 7 Sep 1892, p. 4
  7. ^ Descendants of Col. Thomas AUSTIN

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Church of England titles
Preceded by
William Piercy Austin
Deans of St George's Cathedral, Georgetown
1884 – 1890
Succeeded by
Henry John May