William Hayley (priest)

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The Hayley family coat of arms
Hayley coat of arms. The crest is a Turkish crescent with a bloody cross embossed. The motto is Cruce Coelum - A Cross to Heaven[1]

William Hayley (1683–1715) of Cleobury Mortimer, Salop was a Church of England priest and dean of Chichester Cathedral.[1]


Hayley matriculated at the age of 15 and went on to become a fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. He was awarded a BA in 1676, MA in 1680 and DD in 1695.[2]


William Hayley was ordained in September 1683.[2] He was chaplain to Sir William Trumbull the ambassador to Constantinople (modern day Istanbul) and Paris.[3] He was also chaplain to King William III.[4] In 1695 he was instituted Rector of St Giles in the Fields, London. Then in 1699 he was appointed Dean of Chichester cathedral a post he held until his death in 1715.[3]


Hayley's father, who was also called William, originally came from Bridgnorth but moved to Cleobury-Mortimer where he married a Catherine Bach. Hayley was one of their seven children.[1]

Hayley married the daughter of Sir Thomas Mears and had one son Thomas and a daughter Anne. He died at his house in Great Russell Street on 30 October 1715 and is buried in the chancel of St Giles in the Fields.[4] William's younger brother, Thomas also became Dean of Chichester Cathedral.[1] William was great uncle to the writer William Hayley.[1]

It is thought that it was (Dean) William Hayley who procured the patent of arms now borne by the family.[1][5]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Lower. Sussex Worthies pp.154-156
  2. ^ a b Clergy of the Church of England database Accessdate 8 February 2016.
  3. ^ a b Foster. Alumni oxonenses p.681
  4. ^ a b Brydges. Restituta. pp. 55-56
  5. ^ Granting of Arms. College of Arms. Accessdate 15 February 2015]


  • Brydges, Egerton (1814). Restituta Volume I. London: Longman, Hurst,Rees, Orme and Brown.
  • Foster, John (1891). Alumni oxonienses; the members of the University of Oxford, 1500-1714 Volume II. London: James Parker.
  • "Clergy of the Church of England". London: Kings College.
  • "College of Arms Website". London: College of Arms.
  • Lower, Mark Anthony (1865). The Worthies of Sussex. Lewes, Sussex: Sussex Advertiser.
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Francis Hawkins
Dean of Chichester
1699 – 1715
Succeeded by
Thomas Sherlock