Oliver Fiennes

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The Very Reverend and Honourable Oliver William Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes (17 May 1926 – 8 June 2011) was Dean of Lincoln in the latter part of the 20th century.[1]

He was born into a noble family, the younger son of the 20th Baron Saye and Sele[2] on 17 May 1926 and educated at Eton and was commissioned into the Green Howards, after having won the Sword of Honour at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, but saw no fighting as the Second World War ended soon afterwards.[3] He subsequently went up to New College, Oxford.[4] Ordained in 1954, after a spell as a curate at St Mary Magdalene, New Milton, he became chaplain of Clifton College in 1958. Following this he was rector of Lambeth before his elevation to the deanery.[5] Described by Trevor Beeson as “the last aristocrat to make his mark on the church",[6] in retirement he lived near his old Cathedral in Lincoln until his death in June 2011.


  1. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory 2008/2009 (100th edition), Church House Publishing (ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0)
  2. ^ Descendants of Mary Tudor, Princess of England at the Wayback Machine (archived 22 August 2004)
  3. ^ "The Very Rev Oliver Fiennes". Telegraph.co.uk. 21 June 2011. Retrieved 27 May 2016. 
  4. ^ Who's Who 2008: London, A & C Black (ISBN 978-0-7136-8555-8)
  5. ^ Church News New Dean of Lincoln The Times Friday, 3 January 1969; p. 8; Issue 57449; col B
  6. ^ Beeson, Trevor (2003). The Bishops. Hymns Ancient and Modern Ltd. ISBN 978-0-334-02916-8. 

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Church of England titles
Preceded by
Michael David Saville Peck
Dean of Lincoln
Succeeded by
Brandon Donald Jackson