Baptist Proby

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Baptist Proby (bapt. 14 June 1726 – 18 January 1807) was Dean of Lichfield [1] from 1776 until 1807. [2]



Proby was the fifth son of John Proby of Elton Hall in Elton, Huntingdonshire, MP for Huntingdonshire (1722–27) and Stamford (1743–47), and his wife Hon. Jane Leveson-Gower, eldest daughter of John Leveson-Gower, 1st Baron Gower. His elder brother was John Proby, 1st Baron Carysfort. [3] He was educated at Jesus College, Cambridge; and ordained in 1750. He held incumbencies at Exton, Doddington, Thornhaugh and Wansford before his time as Dean. [4]

He died on 18 January 1807.


Proby married Mary Russell, daughter of John Russell, rector of Fiskerton. They had 14 children, of whom eight survived to adulthood: [5]

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