The Rev. Canon William Selwyn

The Rev. Canon William Selwyn

Male 1806 - 1875  (69 years)

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  • Name William Selwyn 
    Prefix The Rev. Canon 
    Born 19 Feb 1806  St. Clement's, London Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Census 1851  Melbourn, Cambs Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Died 24 Apr 1875  Effigy in Ely Cathedral Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Beech Lane Cemetery, Ely Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I0383  The Selwyn Family Tree
    Last Modified 13 Sep 2016 

    Father William Selwyn, QC,   b. 31 Mar 1775,   d. 25 Jul 1855, Tunbridge Wells Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Mother Laetitia Frances Kynaston,   b. 23 Dec 1774,   d. 17 Oct 1842, Pagoda House, Richmond Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Married 11 Jun 1801 
    Census 1851  Pagoda House, Kew Rd. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    Family ID F040  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Juliana Elizabeth Cooke,   b. Abt 1808, Lincoln's Inn, London Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Mar 1891, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 83 years) 
    Married 1832 
    Census 1851  Main St., Melbourn, Ely, Cambs Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1871  St. Mary the Less, Cambs Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 16 Dec 2012 
    Family ID F041  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 19 Feb 1806 - St. Clement's, London Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1851 - Melbourn, Cambs Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1851 - Main St., Melbourn, Ely, Cambs Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1871 - St. Mary the Less, Cambs Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Beech Lane Cemetery, Ely Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    The Selwyn monument in Ely Cathedral.
    The Selwyn monument in Ely Cathedral.
    Taken from the BSHS website entry about the Ely Solar Astronomers by Mark Hurn of the Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge.
    William Selwyn (1806-1875), DD, Lady Margaret Professor (1855-1875), Canon of Ely
    William Selwyn (1806-1875), DD, Lady Margaret Professor (1855-1875), Canon of Ely
    by George Richmond

  • Notes 
    • Canon of Ely
    • Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity, Cambridge
    • Entry on Wikipedia
    • Adm. pens. at ST JOHN'S, May 28, 1823. [Eldest] s. of William (above). [B. Feb. 19, 1806.] School, Eton. Matric. Michs. 1824; Scholar, 1824; Browne medal, 1825-8; Craven Scholar, 1826; B.A. (6th Wrangler and Senior Classic) 1828; Chancellor's (Classical) medal, 1828; Norrisian prize, 1829; M.A. 1831; B.D. 1849; D.D. 1864. Fellow, 1829-32. Adm. ad eundem at Oxford, 1831. Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity, 1855-75. Ord. deacon (Ely) June 14, 1829; priest (Rochester) Apr. 10, 1831. R. of Branstone, Leics., 1831-46. Canon Residentiary of Ely, 1833-75. V. of Melbourne, Cambs., 1846-53. Ramsden Preacher, 1857. Chaplain-in-Ordinary to the Queen, 1859. F.R.S., 1866. Hon. Joint Curator, Lambeth Library, 1872. President of the Cambridge Philosophical Society, 1867. Soon after his election to the Lady Margaret chair announced his intention of paying £700 a year to the University to augment the salary of the then Norrisian Professor; this benefaction was afterwards devoted to the fund for the building of the Divinity School. F.R.A.S. Had photographs of the sun taken at Ely for an eleven-year period, 1863-73. Married, Aug. 22, 1832, Juliana Elizabeth, dau. of George Cooke, Esq. Author, Horae Hebraicae. Died Apr. 24, 1875; buried at Ely. Brother of George A. (1826), Thomas K. (1830) and Charles J. (1832). (Al. Oxon.; Crockford; Hist. Reg., 174; D.N.B.; Winstanley, Early Victorian Cambridge, 328.)
    • scholar of St. John's Coll., Cambridge, 1824-9. 6th wrangler, senior classic and chancellor's medallist 1828 (B.A. 1828, fellow 1829-32, M.A. 1831, B.D. 1850, D.D. 1864); adm. 'ad eundem' 28 June, 1860(1s, William), Lady Margaret professor of theology 1855-75, rector of Branston, co. Leicester, 1831-46, vicar of Melbourne, co. Cambridge, 1846-53, canon of Ely 1833, chaplain in ordinary to the Queen 1859, F.R.D. 1866, hon. joint curator Lambeth Library 1872, died 24 April, 1875, brother of George O.; for list of his works see Crockford.
    • An article entitled "William Selwyn: a sketch" written by J.S.Wood appeared in the Eagle (the annual record of St. John's College, Cambridge) edition ix (1873-5), p.298-322
    • From Crockford's Clerical Directory for 1874

      SELWYN, William, The College, Ely. - St. John's College, Cam; Chan. Cl. Medal and B.A. 1828, M.A. 1831, B.D. 1849, D.D. 1864; d 1829 by Bp. of Ely, p 1831 by Bp. of Roch. 6th Can. Res. of Ely Cathl. 1833. (Inc. 800l and Res.) Lady Margaret's Reader in Theol. Cam. 1855; Chap. in Ordinary to the Queen 1859; Hon. Joint Curator of the Archiepiscopal Library at Lambeth 1872. Formerly R. of Branstone, Leics. 1831-46; V. of Melbourn, Cambs. 1846-53. Author, Principles of Cathedral Reform, Parts i. and ii. 1840, 5s; Horae Hebraicae on Isaiah ix. 4to. 8s; Two charts of Prophecy (in sheets), 2s and 1s; Notes on the Revision of the Authorised Version of the Holy Scriptures, 1856, 1s; Notae Criticae in Versionem Septuagintaviralem - Exodus i-xxiv. 1856, Numeri, 1857, Deuteronomium, 1858; M.P. and Canon, Conversations on Ecclesiastical Legislation, 1858-59; Reasons for not signing the Oxford Declaration, 1864, 6d; Winfred, 1864, 2s; Waterloo (with plans), 2nd ed. 1865, 3s; Enochus Arden, 1867, 6s; all published by Bell and Dalby.

  • Sources 
    1. [S25] 1851 Census for Cambridgeshire/Melbourn/District 11d.


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