Robert Gregory (priest)

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Robert Gregory

Robert Gregory was a reforming Anglican Dean[1]


Gregory was born on 9 February 1819.[2] he was educated at Corpus Christi College, Oxford. There he gained the 'Denyer Theological Prize Essay'.[3] He was ordained in 1843 [4] and began his career with a curacies at Bisley, Wragby and Lambeth.

Gregory was later Vicar of St Mary the Less, Lambeth[5] from 1853 to 1873. After this he was a Canon at St Paul’s Cathedral[6] before succeeding to the Deanery[7] in 1891.[8] In 1873 he was elected to the School Board for London.[9] He died on 2 August 1911.[10]

Gregory married in 1844 Mary Frances and they had two sons including son later became Bishop of Mauritius. His wife died in 1851 and ten years later he married Charlotte Anne Stopford. His second marriage created three daughters who survived him. The last was Alice Gregory who revolutionised the training of British midwifery.[11]


  1. ^ ”The Deans”, Beeson,T.R: London, SCM, 2004; ISBN 0-334-02987-2
  2. ^ “Who was Who”1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  3. ^ Church Bells Vol.5 No.208 (19 December 1874) W. Wells Gardner, Publisher, London
  4. ^ "The Clergy List, Clerical Guide and Ecclesiastical Directory" London, Hamilton & Co 1889
  5. ^ British History on-line
  6. ^ 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
  7. ^ Open Library
  8. ^ The Times, Friday, 23 January 1891; pg. 9; Issue 33229; col F New Dean of St Paul's
  9. ^ "The London School Board Elections". Daily News. 29 November 1873.
  10. ^ Death Of Dr. Gregory. A Great Ecclesiastical Reformer The Times Thursday, Aug 03, 1911; pg. 8; Issue 39654; col A
  11. ^ June Hannam, ‘Gregory, Alice Sophia (1867–1946)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 accessed 29 April 2017
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Richard William Church
Dean of St Paul's
1891 – 1911
Succeeded by
William Ralph Inge