John Alexander (priest)

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The Very Rev. John Alexander, MA (2 September 1833 – 10 September 1908)[1] was an Irish Anglican priest who served as Dean of Ferns from 1899 until his death in 1908.[2]

Alexander was born and raised in the parish in Ferns, County Wexford,[2] the son of John Alexander, LL.D, and Mary Molony.[3] His father was rector of Carne and was rumoured to be in consideration for the Dean of Ferns in 1862.[4] The family was of Scottish descent and descended from the Alexanders of Menstrie.[5]

He was educated at Trinity College, Dublin and ordained in 1858.[6] After curacies at Dysart Enos, Stradbally and Callan he was Rector of Corclone from 1869 to 1876; and then of Mulrankin until his appointment as Dean.

In 1866, he married Caroline Jacob, daughter of Dr. John Edmund Jacob.[7] Their son, Major R. G. C. Alexander of the Royal Garrison Artillery, married Daysie Hudson-Kinahan, daughter of Sir Edward Hudson-Kinahan, in 1909.[8]


  1. ^ Whitaker, Joseph (1910). An Almanack for the Year of Our Lord ... J. Whitaker. p. 436. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
  2. ^ a b "The Late Dean of Ferns". Dublin Daily Express. 24 November 1908. p. 4.
  3. ^ Walford, Edward (1871). The County Families of the United Kingdom. Robert Hardwicke. p. 13.
  4. ^ "The Deanery of Ferns". Dublin Evening Mail. 10 September 1862. p. 2.
  5. ^ Rogers, Charles (1877). Memorials of the Earl of Stirling and of the House of Alexander. p. 45. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
  6. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory 1908 p14: London, Horace Cox, 1908
  7. ^ Addison, Henry Robert; Oakes, Charles Henry; Lawson, William John; Sladen, Douglas Brooke Wheelton (1905). Who's Who. A. & C. Black. p. 26. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
  8. ^ "Fashionable Weddings". Dublin Daily Express. 26 September 1912. p. 4.
Church of Ireland titles
Preceded by
Jonathan Cooper
Dean of Ferns
Succeeded by
Thomas Brownell Gibson