Gell was born in 1820, the son of Philip Gell, rector of Derby. He was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated in 1843. Following graduation, he was appointed a Fellow at Christ's College, Cambridge, and later that year ordained deacon. Ordination as a priest followed the next year. In 1849, he was elected lecturer, and later dean and assistant tutor of the College.
His first ecclesiastical post was as a Curate at Great St Mary's, Cambridge, and in 1858 he was appointed Cambridge preacher at the Chapel Royal, Whitehall. The following year he left Cambridge to become Domestic Chaplain to Archibald Campbell Tait, Bishop of London, and two years later, in 1861, he became the fourth Bishop of Madras. He held the office for over a quarter of a century, until he resigned from ill-health in 1899.
- Gell, Frederick. Who Was Who. 1920–2016 (April 2014 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 16 April 2016.
- British Empire web-site
- "Gell, Frederick (GL839F)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
- The Times, Monday, 15 May 1843; pg. 3; Issue 18296; col B University Intelligence. Cambridge, May 13
- The Times, Wednesday, 6 December 1843; pg. 7; Issue 18472; col C Ordination Deacons of Cambridge
- The Times, Friday, 28 March 1902; pg. 7; Issue 36727; col A Obituary Frederick Gell
- Church web-site
- "The Clergy List, Clerical Guide and Ecclesiastical Directory" London, Hamilton & Co 1889
- The Times, Monday, 1 July 1861; pg. 6; Issue 23973; col E Consecration Of The Bishop Of Madras
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