Lord Alwyne Compton (bishop)

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Lord Alwyne Compton

Bishop of Ely
In office1886–1905
PredecessorJames Woodford
SuccessorFrederic Chase
Other post(s)Dean of Worcester (1879–1886)
Personal details
Born(1825-07-18)18 July 1825
Died4 April 1906(1906-04-04) (aged 80)
ParentsSpencer Compton, 2nd Marquess of Northampton
Alma materTrinity 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 last four years of this period. 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.

On 28 August 1850 Lord Alwyne Compton married Florence Caroline Anderson (d.1918), eldest daughter of Robert Anderson, a Brighton clergyman, and his wife, the Hon. Caroline Dorothea Shore. They remained childless.[8]


  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". Archived from the original on 8 November 2017. Retrieved 22 May 2009.
  7. ^ British Library
  8. ^ "Compton, Lord Alwyne". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. 2004. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/32523. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)

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Church of England titles
New office Archdeacon of Oakham
Succeeded by
Preceded by Dean of Worcester
Succeeded by
Preceded by Bishop of Ely
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