Lord Alwyne Compton (bishop)

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The Right Reverend
Lord Alwyne Compton
Bishop of Ely
Lord Alwyne Compton.jpg
Diocese Diocese of Ely
In office 1886–1905
Predecessor James Woodford
Successor Frederic Chase
Other posts Dean of Worcester (1879–1886)
Personal details
Born (1825-07-18)18 July 1825
Died 4 April 1906(1906-04-04) (aged 80)
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Parents Spencer Compton, 2nd Marquess of Northampton
Education Eton College
Alma mater Trinity College, Cambridge

Lord Alwyne Compton (18 July 1825 – 4 April 1906) was an Anglican bishop in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.[1][2]

Life and career[edit]

Compton was the fourth son of Spencer Compton, 2nd Marquess of Northampton, and was educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge.[3] His first post was as Curate at Horsham,[4] after which he was Rector of Castle Ashby, a post he held for 26 years.[5] He was also Archdeacon of Oakham for the four years of this. In 1879, he was appointed Dean of Worcester,[5] and then in 1886 to the See[6] of Ely,[5][7] He held this position until 1905, when he resigned and retired to Canterbury, where he died the following year.[5]

Lord Alwyne Compton was Lord High Almoner from 1882 to 1906.


  1. ^ Genuki Archived 2008-07-20 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Who was Who" 1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  3. ^ "Compton, Lord Alwyne (CMTN843A)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  4. ^ "The Clergy List, Clerical Guide and Ecclesiastical Directory" London, John Phillips, 1900
  5. ^ a b c d B. H. Green, The Bishops and Deans of Worcester (Worcester 1979), 57.
  6. ^ Cambridgeshire History
  7. ^ British Library
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Grantham Yorke
Dean of Worcester
Succeeded by
John Gott
Preceded by
James Woodford
Bishop of Ely
Succeeded by
Frederic Chase