Peniston Booth

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Penyston Booth
Dean of Windsor
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Dean Booth's coat of arms
Church Church of England
Province Canterbury
Diocese Royal Peculiar
In office 1729—1765
Predecessor George Verney
Successor Frederick Keppel
Ordination 1703 (Lincoln Cathedral)
Personal details
Born 1681
Lusby, Lincolnshire
Died 21 September 1765
Windsor, Berkshire
Buried St George's Chapel, Windsor
Nationality British
Denomination Christian (CofE)
Residence The Deanery, Windsor[1]
Parents Thomas Booth;
Anne née Penyston
Occupation Priest
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Alma mater Magdalene College, Cambridge (MA, DD)
Motto Quod ero spero
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Penyston Booth (also spelled Peniston Booth; 1681 - 21 September 1765) was an 18th-century Anglican priest.[2]

Booth, who hailed from the minor gentry, served as Dean of Windsor from 1729 to 1765.

Family and education[edit]

Born at Lusby, Lincolnshire, he was the son of Thomas Booth and his wife Anne (née Penyston) and a cousin of Sir Fairmeadow Penyston. He was descended from the Booths of Killingholme, originally from Barton in Lancashire. His eldest brother, Captain Robert Booth, married Lady Katherine Clinton, daughter of Francis, 6th Earl of Lincoln, and sister-in-law of Thomas Pelham-Holles (later Prime Minister of Great Britain).[3]

Booth was educated at Lincoln School and Magdalene College, Cambridge, receiving a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in 1702, proceeding Master of Arts (MA) in 1705.

Elected a Fellow of Magdalene College in 1702, Booth was ordained in 1703 by Dr. James Gardiner, Bishop of Lincoln. He was conferred with the degree of Doctor of Divinity (DD) by Cambridge University in 1728. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1703. [4]

Booth married Katherine, daughter of the Revd Canon Edward Jones, in 1728. Their only child, Katherine Booth (whose eldest son was Sir Thomas Tyrwhitt Jones) is an ancestor of the 16th and present Baroness Berners.

A cadet branch of the Booth family inherited the Dunham Massey estates via marriage in the 15th century; they were created Earls of Warrington in 1690.

Ecclesiastical ministry[edit]

The Garter badge above a doorway to St George's Chapel.

Booth was a Canon of Windsor from 1722 to 1729, before serving as Dean until his death in 1765.[5]

During his ministry in the Church of England, he held the following ecclesiastical appointments:

Appointed Canon of the Second Stall of Windsor in 1722, Booth relinquished this sinecure upon becoming Dean following the death of Lord Willoughby de Broke in 1728.

Dean of Windsor and ex-officio Registrar of the Order of the Garter from 1729 until his death in 1765, Booth was succeeded by former Bishop of Exeter, Dr. Frederick Keppel.

Dr. Booth was buried at St George's Chapel, a week after his death, on 29 September 1765.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The Deanery, Windsor Castle c.1890 at the Royal Collection.
  2. ^
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  4. ^ "Fellow Details". Royal Society. Retrieved 17 January 2017. 
  5. ^ Fasti Wyndesienses, May 1950. S.L. Ollard: published by the Dean and Canons of St George's Chapel, Windsor
  6. ^ British History website.
  7. ^
  8. ^ Gentleman's Magazine, 1836 (obituary of Richard Tyrwhitt)
Church of England titles
Preceded by
The Rt Hon. and Very Revd
The Lord Willoughby de Broke
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Dean of Windsor

Succeeded by
The Hon. and Rt Revd
Frederick Keppel