Francis Jayne

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Francis Jayne

Bishop of Chester
Bp Francis Jayne by Bassano.jpg
DioceseDiocese of Chester
In office1889–1919
PredecessorWilliam Stubbs
SuccessorLuke Paget
Personal details
Born(1845-01-01)1 January 1845
Pant-y-beiliau, Llanelli
Died23 August 1921(1921-08-23) (aged 76)
Oswestry, Shropshire
BuriedBowdon, Cheshire
SpouseEmily Garland
EducationRugby School
Alma materWadham College, Oxford

Francis John Jayne (1 January 1845 – 23 August 1921) was a British bishop and academic.

Born in Pant-y-beiliau, Llanelli, he was educated at Rugby School and Wadham College, Oxford. He took his B.A. in 1868 and M.A. in 1870. He was a Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford between 1868 and 1873.[1]

From 1879 to 1886, Jayne was Principal of St David's College, a university institution in the small Welsh town of Lampeter. During his time there, he steered the institution through the difficult years following the 1880 Aberdare report on intermediate and higher education in Wales. The report recommended that the Colleges at Aberystwyth and Lampeter be united to form one institution, but Jayne fought the plan and retained St. David's College's independence.

A devoutly religious man, Jayne left Lampeter to become an Anglican vicar in Leeds. He became Bishop of Chester in 1889, a position he held until 1919. He died at Oswestry, and was buried at Bowdon, Cheshire.[2]

Jayne was concerned about excessive drinking and the misuse of alcohol. He published an article called Successful Public-House Reform[3] discussing the virtues of the Scandinavian Gothenburg system for managing pubs etc. He also founded the People's Refreshment House Association Limited which at its peak owned 130 inns and hotels.[1]

He and his wife Emily (née Garland) had six sons and three daughters,[1] one of whom was the Norwegian-to-English translator Edith M. G. Jayne.[4]


  1. ^ a b c Price, D. T. W (January 2007). "Jayne, Francis John (1845–1921)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online edition, subscription access). Oxford University Press. Retrieved 11 February 2008.
  2. ^ "The Right Rev. Francis John Jayne". Aberdeen Journal. British Newspaper Archive. 25 August 1921.
  3. ^ Francis John Jayne, 'Successful Public-House Reform' in The North American Review 158, no. 450 (1894): 520-28
  4. ^ 'The Late Miss Jayne' in the Chester Chronicle, 20 January 1945, p8
Academic offices
Preceded by
Llewelyn Lewellin
Principal of St David's College
Succeeded by
Herbert Ryle
Church of England titles
Preceded by
William Stubbs
Bishop of Chester
Succeeded by
Luke Paget