Cox Edghill

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Rev. John Cox Edghill DD[1] (1835[2]–1917[3]), known as Cox Edghill,[4] was a British Anglican priest and military chaplain. He was senior chaplain at Aldershot from 1861, then followed chaplain to the forces at Chatham, Halifax (Nova Scotia), again at Aldershot, Gibraltar, and, finally, at Portsmouth (1881-5), and then Chaplain-General to Her Majesty's Forces (1885–1901).[5][6] Following his retirement, he undertook the position of Prebendary of Wells, which he held until his death.[4]

As a noted Tractarian and Anglo-Catholic, he was the first choice to replace Hibbert Binney as the bishop of Nova Scotia by the Synod of the diocese, at Halifax, 6 June 1887. He declined his election in a letter to the Synod.[7][8]

He was an Honorary Chaplain to King Edward VII.

He had a daughter, Ella Mary Edghill, with Mary Nesfield[9] (d. 24 September 1922, Weston-super-Mare).[10]

The Museum of Army Chaplaincy holds further information on the life on Edghill.


  • The work of the Church in the army (1890)


  1. ^ "The Peace Meeting In Paris." (31382). London: The Times. 28 February 1885. p. 6; col C.  "Lambeth Degrees - The Archbishop of Canterbury has conferred on the Rev. John Cox Edghill, Theological Associate of King's College, London, Chaplain-General of Her Majesty's Forces, the degree of Doctor of Divinity."
  2. ^ Charles H. Dant. Distinguished Churchmen. p. p. 329. 
  3. ^ FreeBMD Deaths Dec 1917 Edghill John C 82 Axbridge 5c 544
  4. ^ a b "The Rev. J. Cox Edghill. D.D. (transcript)" (41647). London: The Times. 28 November 1917. p. 9; col E. Retrieved 2008-10-18. 
  5. ^ "No. 27379". The London Gazette. 22 November 1901. p. 7653. 
  6. ^ "The London Gazette, Friday, November 22. Admiralty, Nov. 18., Royal Marine L.I." (36620). London: The Times. 23 November 1901. p. 13; col C. 
  7. ^ Letter from Rev. J.C. Edghill, D.D., Chaplain-general, to the Synod of Nova. 1887. ISBN 0-665-06881-6. 
  8. ^ George W. Brown; David M. Hayne; Francess G. Halpenny (1966). "Hibbert Binney". Dictionary of Canadian Biography, Volume XI. University of Toronto Press. p. 76. ISBN 0-8020-3367-9. 
  9. ^ Newnham College Register, 1871-1950. 1964. p. 180. 
  10. ^ "Deaths" (43148). London: The Times. 28 September 1922. p. 1; col A. 

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