George Bradley (priest)

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George Granville Bradley
George Granville Bradley.jpg
Photograph of Bradley in 1883.
Religion Church of England
Personal
Born 11 December 1821
Died 13 March 1903
Senior posting
Title Dean of Westminster
Period in office 1881-1902
Predecessor Arthur Penrhyn Stanley
Successor Joseph Armitage Robinson
Punch cartoon of Bradley, on his appointment to Westminster. The caption reads, "Bless Thee! Thou Art Translated!"

George Granville Bradley, CVO, DD (11 December 1821 – 13 March 1903) was an English divine, scholar, and schoolteacher, who was Dean of Westminster (1881–1902).

Life[edit]

George Bradley's father, Charles Bradley, was vicar of Glasbury, Brecon, mid Wales.

Bradley was educated at Rugby under Thomas Arnold, and at University College, Oxford, of which he became a Fellow in 1844. He was an assistant master at Rugby from 1846 to 1858, when he succeeded G.E.L. Cotton as Headmaster of Marlborough College in Wiltshire.

In 1870, Bradley was elected Master of his old college at Oxford, and in August 1881 he was appointed Dean of Westminster in succession to Rev. Stanley, whose pupil and intimate friend he had been, and whose biographer he became. By the turn of the century he was in declining health, and had to be absent from his duties for considerable periods. He took part in the Coronation of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra on 9 August 1902, and asked the King to be allowed to resign from his duties later the same month.[1] For his service, he was invested as a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO) two days after the ceremony, on 11 August 1902.[2][3]

Bradley was an Acting Chaplain of the 13th Middlesex (Queen´s Westminsters) Volunteer Rifle Corps for 20 years, and received the Volunteer Officers' Decoration (VD) on 21 February 1902.[4]

Works[edit]

Besides his Recollections of A. P. Stanley (1883) and Life of Dean Stanley (1892), Bradley published a revised version of Thomas Kerchever Arnold's Latin Prose Composition (commonly referred to by generations of Latin students as "Bradley's Arnold"); his more advanced intended work on Aids to Writing Latin Prose: with Exercises was edited and completed by T. L. Papillon. Further works were Lectures on Job (1884) and Ecclesiastes (1885).

Family[edit]

Bradley had two sons and five daughters; of these children one son, Arthur Granville Bradley (1850–1943), and four daughters were writers, including Margaret Louisa Woods, Emily Tennyson Bradley (married Alexander Murray Smith), Mabel Charlotte, the Lady Birchenough (the wife of Sir Henry Birchenough, public servant and business man) and Rose Marion Bradley.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ecclesiastical intelligence". The Times (36843). London. 11 August 1902. p. 11. 
  2. ^ "Court Circular". The Times (36844). London. 12 August 1902. p. 8. 
  3. ^ "No. 27467". The London Gazette. 22 August 1902. p. 5461. 
  4. ^ "No. 27409". The London Gazette. 21 February 1902. p. 1121. 
  5. ^ et Raineval, Melville Henry Massue, Ruvigny (1994). The Plantagenet Roll of the Blood Royal: being a complete table of all the descendants now living of Edward III, King of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Pub. Co. p. 419. ISBN 978-0-8063-1433-4. 

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Frederick Charles Plumptre
Master of University College, Oxford
1870–1881
Succeeded by
James Franck Bright