Robert Gregory (priest)

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The Very Reverend Robert Gregory

The Very Reverend Robert Gregory, DD was a reforming Anglican Dean[1] in the last decade of the 19th century[2] and the first one of the 20th.[3] Born 9 February 1819.[4] he was educated at Corpus Christi College, Oxford. There he distinguished himself by gaining the 'Denyer Theological Prize Essay'.[5] He was ordained in 1843 [6] and began his career with a curacies at Bisley, Wragby and Lambeth.

He was later Vicar of St Mary the Less, Lambeth[7] from 1853 to 1873. After this he was a Canon at St Paul’s Cathedral[8] before succeeding to the Deanery[9] in 1891.[10] In 1873 he was elected to the School Board for London.[11] He died on 2 August 1911.[12] His son later became Bishop of Mauritius.


  1. ^ ”The Deans”, Beeson,T.R: London, SCM, 2004; ISBN 0-334-02987-2
  2. ^ RA collections
  3. ^ National Archives
  4. ^ “Who was Who”1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  5. ^ Church Bells Vol.5 No.208 (19 December 1874) W. Wells Gardner, Publisher, London
  6. ^ "The Clergy List, Clerical Guide and Ecclesiastical Directory" London, Hamilton & Co 1889
  7. ^ British History on-line
  8. ^ Gregory , Robert, Dean of St Paul's(1819–1911)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Buckland,A.R rev Matthew,H. C. G. (Oxford, Oxford University Press, Sept 2004) ISBN 0-19-861411-X
  9. ^ Open Library
  10. ^ The Times, Friday, 23 January 1891; pg. 9; Issue 33229; col F New Dean of St Paul's
  11. ^ "The London School Board Elections". Daily News. 29 November 1873. 
  12. ^ Death Of Dr. Gregory. A Great Ecclesiastical Reformer The Times Thursday, Aug 03, 1911; pg. 8; Issue 39654; col A
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Richard William Church
Dean of St Paul's
1891 – 1911
Succeeded by
William Ralph Inge