Edgar Sheppard

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Edgar Sheppard pictured in Vanity Fair on 24 March 1904
Edgar Sheppard pictured in Vanity Fair on 12 April 1911

James Edgar Sheppard, KCVO (1845 – 30 August 1921) was a Canon of Windsor from 1907 to 1921.[1]

Family[edit]

He was born in 1845 in Worcestershire, the son of Dr Edgar Sheppard, Professor of Psychology at King’s College, Cambridge.[2]

He married Mary Peters White, daughter of Richard White of Instow, in 1874, and they had two sons and one daughter. Their eldest son was Arthur Montagu Sheppard (born 1 October 1879). Their youngest son was Dick Sheppard (born 2 September 1880), who followed his father into the church.

Career[edit]

He was educated at St John’s College, Oxford and graduated in 1873.

He was appointed:

  • Minor Canon of Windsor 1878 – 1884
  • Priest in ordinary to Queen Victoria 1882 – 1884
  • Sub Dean of the Chapels Royal and Chaplain to the Household at St James Palace. 1884
  • Chaplain to the Duchess of Cambridge 1885 – 1889
  • Hon. Chaplain to Queen Victoria 1886 – 1900; to the Duke of Cambridge 1889 – 1904, and to King Edward VII 1901 – 1909
  • Permanent Reader and Chaplain of the Chapel Royal, Whitehall 1886
  • Chaplain, Order of St John of Jerusalem 1894
  • Deputy Clerk of the Closet 1903 – 1910
  • Sub Almoner 1910
  • Domestic Chaplain to King George V and Queen Alexandra 1910

As Sub-Dean of the Chapel Royal to King Edward VII, he took part in the Coronation of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra on 9 August 1902, and was invested as a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO) two days after the ceremony, on 11 August 1902.[3][4]

He was appointed to the ninth stall in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle in 1907, a position he held until 1921. He was awarded KCVO in the King's Birthday honours in 1914.[5]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Fasti Wyndesorienses, May 1950. S. L. Ollard. Published by the Dean and Canons of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle
  2. ^ Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer – Wednesday 31 August 1921. p.5
  3. ^ "Court Circular". The Times (36844). London. 12 August 1902. p. 8. 
  4. ^ "No. 27467". The London Gazette. 22 August 1902. p. 5461. 
  5. ^ Aberdeen Journal – Tuesday 23 June 1914. p.8