Jeffery Ekins

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Jeffery Ekins D.D. (died 1791) was an English churchman, Dean of Carlisle Cathedral from 1782.


He was a native of Barton-Seagrave, Northamptonshire, where his father, the Rev. Jeffery Ekins, M.A., was rector. He received his education at Eton College. In 1749 he was elected to King's College, Cambridge, where he obtained a fellowship. He graduated B.A. in 1755 and M.A. in 1758.[1] In early life he was the close companion of Richard Cumberland.

On leaving university he became one of the assistant masters of Eton school, where he was tutor to Frederick Howard, 5th Earl of Carlisle. Subsequently he was chaplain to the Earl of Carlisle when lord-lieutenant of Ireland. He was inducted to the rectory of Quainton, Buckinghamshire, 30 March 1761, on the presentation of his father. In 1775, resigning Quainton, he was instituted to the rectory of Morpeth, Northumberland, on the presentation of the Earl of Carlisle; and in February 1777 he was instituted to the rectory of Sedgefield, Durham. In 1781 he was created D.D. at Cambridge; and in 1782 he was installed Dean of Carlisle, on the advancement of Thomas Percy to the see of Dromore.

He died at Parson's Green on 20 November 1791, and was buried in Fulham Church.


His works are:

  • 'Florio; or the Pursuit of Happiness,' a drama, manuscript.
  • A manuscript poem on 'Dreams'.
  • 'The Loves of Medea and Jason; a poem in three books translated from the Greek of Apollonius Rhodius's Argonautics,' London, 1771; 2nd edit. 1772.
  • 'Poems,' London, 1810, pp. 134, including the preceding work and a number of 'Miscellaneous Pieces.' Only sixty copies were printed of this collection.


He married in 1766 Anne, daughter of Philip Baker of Colston, Wiltshire, and sister of the wife of his brother, John Ekins, dean of Salisbury. Admiral Sir Charles Ekins was their son.


  1. ^ "Ekins, Geoffrey (EKNS717G)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.