John Festing

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John Wogan Festing, Bishop of St Albans

John Wogan Festing (13 August 1837 in Stourton, England – 28 December 1902) was an English clergyman who became the Bishop of St Albans.[1][2]


John W. Festing was the son of Richard Grindall Festing and Eliza Mammatt.[1] Festing was born at Brook House in Stourton, Somerset (now in Wiltshire) and educated at King's School, Bruton and King's College School, London.[3] His younger brother was Major-General Edward R. Festing (1839–1912), a Royal Engineer and chemist who became the first Director of the Science Museum in London.[1]

Festing received a BA degree from Trinity College, Cambridge in 1860.[2][3] He was vicar of Christ Church, Westminster, London, from 1860–73. In 1873, he became vicar of St Luke's Church, Berwick Street, close to Seven Dials. On 19 May 1878, he was appointed vicar of Christ Church, Albany Street. In 1887, he became rural dean of St Pancras. On 26 June 1888, he became prebendary of Brondesbury in St Paul's Cathedral. His final clerical appointment was as Lord Bishop of St Albans on 24 June 1890 and he received a DD degree in the same year. He was President of the Universities' Mission to Central Africa (1892–1902).

He was reported to have been seized by angina pectoris in early October 1902,[4] and died two months later on 28 December 1902.

He was buried at St Albans Cathedral in Hertfordshire.


  1. ^ a b c John Wogan Festing (I9521), PhpGedView.
  2. ^ a b Pearce, Ernest Harold (1912). "Festing, John Wogan" . In Lee, Sidney (ed.). Dictionary of National Biography (2nd supplement). 2. London: Smith, Elder & Co.
  3. ^ a b "Festing, John Worgan (FSTN855WJ)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  4. ^ "Court Circular". The Times (36900). London. 16 October 1902.
Religious titles
Preceded by
Thomas Legh Claughton
Bishop of St Albans
Succeeded by
Edgar Jacob