Frederick Gell

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The Rt Rev Frederick Gell (24 September 1820 – 25 March 1902) was an eminent Anglican clergyman and Bishop of Madras 1861-1899.[1]

Gell was born in 1820,[2] the son of Rev. Philip Gell, of Derby. He was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated in 1843.[3] Following graduation, he was appointed a Fellow at Christ's College, Cambridge,[4] and later that year ordained deacon.[5] Ordination as a priest followed the next year. In 1849 he was elected lecturer, and later dean and assistant tutor of the College.[6]

His first ecclesiastical post was as a Curate at Great St Mary’s, Cambridge,[7] and in 1858 he was appointed Cambridge preacher at the Chapel Royal, Whitehall. The following year he left Cambridge to become Domestic Chaplain to the Lord Bishop of London,[8] and two years later, in 1861, he became the 4th Bishop of Madras.[9] He held the office for over a quarter of a century, until he resigned from ill-health in 1899.

Gell chose to stay in India after his resignation. He died at Culford, Coonoor, South India, on 25 March 1902.[6]

Church of England titles
Preceded by
Thomas Dealtry
Bishop of Madras
1861 – 1899
Succeeded by
Henry Whitehead

External links[edit]


  1. ^ “Who was Who”1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  2. ^ British Empire web-site
  3. ^ "Gell, Frederick (GL839F)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  4. ^ The Times, Monday, 15 May 1843; pg. 3; Issue 18296; col B University Intelligence. Cambridge, May 13
  5. ^ The Times, Wednesday, 6 December 1843; pg. 7; Issue 18472; col C Ordination Deacons of Cambridge
  6. ^ a b The Times, Friday, 28 March 1902; pg. 7; Issue 36727; col A Obituary The Rt Rev Frederick Gell
  7. ^ Church web-site
  8. ^ "The Clergy List, Clerical Guide and Ecclesiastical Directory" London, Hamilton & Co 1889
  9. ^ The Times, Monday, 1 July 1861; pg. 6; Issue 23973; col E Consecration Of The Bishop Of Madras