Sir Richard Kaye, 6th Baronet

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Memorial to Sir Richard Kaye in Lincoln Cathedral

Sir Richard Kaye, 6th Baronet, FRS (1736–25 December 1809) was an English churchman and scientist. He was Dean of Lincoln from 1783, and inherited the baronetcy from his elder brother Sir John Lister Kaye, 5th Baronet in 1789..


He was educated at Brasenose College, Oxford gradusting BCL in 1761.[1]

He was a patron of the artists Samuel Hieronymus Grimm, whom he commissioned for two decades to draw "everything curious",[2][3][4] and Tilly Kettle. He was a friend of Joseph Banks whom he proposed for the Royal Society,[5] and also Captain James Cook: Cook named after him the island now called Kayak Island.[6] He brought the young Reginald Spofforth as organist to Lincoln Cathedral.[7]

A clerical pluralist,[8] he was archdeacon of Nottingham from 1780, and became curate of Marylebone in 1788.[9] He had been rector of Kirkby in Ashfield from 1765, a position he owed to the Dowager Duchess of Portland, and which he retained for life.[10][11] He also served as chaplain to George III of England. He had a prebend as a residential canon at Lincoln from 1783 for life,[12] at Durham, from 1777 to 1784 (leading Grimm to sketch in the north-east),[13][14] and one at Southwell.[15]

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1765 as an experimentalist in the field of electricity.

He married Ellen Fenton, daughter of William Fenton of Rothwell, West Yorkshire and widow of Thomas Mainwaring. He left no children, and the baronetcy came to an end with him.[16][17]



Further reading[edit]

  • Brett Dolman. "Everything Curious" : Samuel Hieronymus Grimm and Sir Richard Kaye. The Electronic British Library Journal (2003). ISSN 1478-0259.

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