George Eden (bishop)

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George Rodney Eden (9 September 1853 – 7 January 1940) was an Anglican bishop, Bishop of Dover[1] and Wakefield[2]

George Rodney Eden was descended from the 3rd Eden Baronet of West Auckland. He was educated at Reading School and Pembroke College, Cambridge.[3] He began his ecclesiastical career as Chaplain to the Bishop of Durham. After an incumbency at Bishop Auckland – in latter years he was also Rural Dean[4] – he began what his Times obituary described as "nearly forty years of quiet but efficient service to the episcopate".[5] He served as Chair of the Education Committee of the Church of England National Assembly.

His daughter Dorothy, herself mentioned in Despatches during the Great War,[5] married a clergyman, Clement Mallory Ricketts who was Bishop of Dunwich from 1945 until 1955.

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  1. ^ The Times, Saturday, Aug 23, 1890; pg. 6; Issue 33098; col D New Bishop of Dover
  2. ^ The Times, Friday, Nov 05, 1897; pg. 12; Issue 35353; col C Ecclesiastical Intelligence Enthronement of the Bishop of Wakefield
  3. ^ "Eden, George Rodney (EDN872GR)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  4. ^ ”Who was Who 1897-1990” London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  5. ^ a b The Times, Monday, Jan 08, 1940; pg. 9; Issue 48507; col D Obituary The Rt Rev GH Eden
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Edward Parry
Bishop of Dover
1890 – 1897
Succeeded by
William Walsh
Preceded by
William Walsham How
Bishop of Wakefield
1897 – 1928
Succeeded by
James Buchanan Seaton

Source: Wakefield Diocese by Kate Taylor (2012)