William Hunt (priest)

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William Hunt (1842 – 1931) was an English clergyman and historian.


He was educated at Harrow School and Trinity College, Oxford, He was vicar of Congresbury, Somerset from 1867 to 1882, and then went to London as a reviewer and contributor to the Dictionary of National Biography. He was President of the Royal Historical Society from 1905 to 1909.


He wrote:

  • The Somerset Diocese, Bath and Wells (1885)
  • The English Church in the Middle Ages (1888)
  • The English Church, 597-1066 (1899), the first volume in a series of which he was editor
  • the tenth volume of Political History of England (1905–07), of which he was joint editor with R. Lane-Poole
  • The Irish Parliament (1907), edited from a contemporary manuscript.


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Academic offices
Preceded by
George Walter Prothero
President of the Royal Historical Society
Succeeded by
William Cunningham