Frederick MacNutt

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Frederick MacNutt

Provost of Leicester
In office

Frederick Brodie MacNutt (26 September 1873 – 17 July 1949[1]) was an Anglican priest and author in the first half of the 20th century.

Born in Brighton to Irish parents, MacNutt was educated at St Paul's School, London, and Trinity College, Cambridge.[2] He was ordained in 1898 and was a curate at Holy Trinity, Beckenham (1898-1901), and St James's Church, Piccadilly (1901-1902).[3] After this he was curate-in-charge of Christ Church, Wimbledon (1902-1903), then vicar of St John’s, Cheltenham (1903-1907), and St Matthew’s, Surbiton (1907-1918).[4] From 1909 to 1918 he was a Canon of Southwark Cathedral. Between 1915 and 1918 he served in France and Flanders as a senior chaplain to the armed forces.

In 1918 he became the Vicar of St Martin's, Leicester, and was appointed archdeacon of Leicester in 1920. He oversaw major works to the interior of the church. When St Martin's Church became a cathedral in 1927 he became its first provost, resigning in 1938. He was chaplain to the King from 1931 until his death. From 1938 until his retirement in 1946 he was a residentiary canon[5] of Canterbury Cathedral[6]

Macnutt married twice, firstly to Hettie Sina Bullock (1973-1945) and shortly after her death to Evelyn May Oliver (1898-1981). He had two children by Hettie: Derrick Somerset (1902-1971) and Margaret Hester (1906-1939).


  • The Reproach of War: Addresses Given in Southwark Cathedral (London, 1911)
  • The Church in the Furnace: Essays by Seventeen Temporary Church of England Chaplains on Active Service in France and Flanders (London, 1917)
  • Classics of the Inner Life, 1924
  • The Early Diocese of Leicester, 1926
  • A War Primer, an Anthology of War Prayers, Intercessions, Prayers of Devotion, 1939
  • Four Freedoms, Atlantic and Christian, 1943


  1. ^ "Canon F. B. Macnutt Preacher And Author", The Times, 19 July 1949, p. 9.
  2. ^ "Macnutt, Frederick Brodie (MNT894FB)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  3. ^ Who was Who 1897–2007 London, A & C Black, 2007 ISBN 978-0-19-954087-7
  4. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory 1947-48, Oxford, OUP, 1947.
  5. ^ Cathedral library
  6. ^ "Ecclesiastical News", The Times, 6 March 1946, p. 7.
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Inaugural appointment
Provost of Leicester
1927– 1934
Succeeded by
Herbert Arthur Jones