Francis Pigou

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Francis Pigou

Francis Pigou (3 January 1832 – 25 January 1916) was an Anglican priest in the second half of the 19th century and the early part of the 20th.


He was born in Baden-Baden[1][2] and educated at Ripon Grammar School and Trinity College, Dublin. He was ordained in 1856[3] and became a Curate at St Andrew, Stoke Talmage, then Chaplain at Marbœuf Chapel, Paris. He held incumbencies at St Peter, Vere Street, St Philip, Regent Street and St George, Doncaster during which time he became an Honorary Chaplain to the Queen.[4] He was Rural Dean of Halifax from 1875 to 1888 when he became Dean of Chichester.[5]

Pigou found life to be unbearably sleepy in Chichester and castigated it unsparingly complaining that there was so little to do.[6] While at Chichester he absented himself a great deal and was overjoyed, when after three years, he became Dean of Bristol, a post that offered him more scope for his energy.[6][7] He died at Bristol on 25 January 1916.[8]


On 3 January 1860 he married Mary, née Somers; they had two daughters.[7] One daughter, Ernestine, was married to Alfred Inglis (1856–1919),[9] who played cricket for Kent.[10]

Mary died in 1868, and in January of the following year he married Harriet Maude, née Gambier.[7]


  1. ^ Art Roots
  2. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  3. ^ ”The Clergy List”: London, Kelly’s, 1913
  4. ^ New York Times
  5. ^ The Dean Of Chichester.-The Rev. Francis Pigou The Times Thursday, Nov 15, 1888; pg. 8; Issue 32544; col A
  6. ^ a b Lowther Clarke. Chichester Cathedral in the Nineteenth Century. p. 16
  7. ^ a b c Philip Barrett, ‘Pigou, Francis (1832–1916)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 accessed 25 Jan 2011.
  8. ^ The Times, Wednesday, Jan 26, 1916; pg. 5; Issue 41073; col F Death Of The Dean Of Bristol. A Notable Preacher
  9. ^ "Ernestine May Pigou". family search. Retrieved 30 April 2011. 
  10. ^ "Alfred Markham Inglis". cricket archive. Retrieved 30 April 2011. 

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Church of England titles
Preceded by
John William Burgon
Dean of Chichester
1888 – 1891
Succeeded by
Richard William Randall
Preceded by
Gilbert Elliott
Dean of Bristol
1891 – 1916
Succeeded by
St John Basil Wynne Willson