John Kaye (bishop)

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John Kaye
Bishop of Lincoln
John Kaye by Richard Rothwell.jpg
In office1827–1853
PredecessorGeorge Pelham
SuccessorJohn Jackson
Other postsBishop of Bristol (1820–1827)
Personal details
Born(1783-12-27)27 December 1783
Died18 February 1853(1853-02-18) (aged 69)
Alma materChrist's College, Cambridge

John Kaye (27 December 1783, Hammersmith – 18 February 1853, Riseholme, Lincolnshire) was an English churchman.


He was born the only son of Abraham Kaye in Hammersmith, London and educated at the school of Sir Charles Burney in Hammersmith and then Greenwich. He entered Christ's College, Cambridge and graduated Senior wrangler in 1804.[1] He was the 21st Master of Christ's College from 1814 to 1830,[2] Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge University in 1814,[3] Bishop of Bristol from 1820 to 1827 and Bishop of Lincoln from 1827 until his death. He reformed the educational requirements for the Anglican clergy and attacked the Tractarians for betraying the English Reformation.

He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 1811.

He is buried in Lincoln Cathedral beneath a recumbent effigy by Richard Westmacott.[4]


  1. ^ "Kaye, John (KY800J)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  2. ^ Christ's College - People Archived 2007-10-26 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Vice-Chancellor's Office: Cambridge Vice-Chancellors Archived 2008-02-21 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Dictionary of British Sculptors 1660-1851, Rupert Gunnis
Academic offices
Preceded by
Thomas Browne
Master of Christ's College, Cambridge
Succeeded by
John Graham
Church of England titles
Preceded by
William Lort Mansel
Bishop of Bristol
Succeeded by
Robert Gray
Preceded by
George Pelham
Bishop of Lincoln
Succeeded by
John Jackson