Henry Watkins (priest)

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Henry William Watkins [1] [2] was an Anglican priest, academic and author. [3] [4] [5] [6]

Priest person authorized to lead the sacred rituals of a religion (for a minister use Q1423891)

A priest or priestess is a religious leader authorized to perform the sacred rituals of a religion, especially as a mediatory agent between humans and one or more deities. They also have the authority or power to administer religious rites; in particular, rites of sacrifice to, and propitiation of, a deity or deities. Their office or position is the priesthood, a term which also may apply to such persons collectively.

Born in Abergavenny on 19 January 1844, [7] he was educated at King's College London [8] and Balliol College, Oxford. [9] Ordained in 1870 [10] his first post was as a curate at St Nicholas, Pluckley [11] after which he was Vicar of Holy Trinity, Much Wenlock. [12] He was a censor, tutor and lecturer in Greek Testament at King's College London from 1875 and Professor of Logic and Moral Philosophy from 1877. He became Warden of St Augustine's College, Canterbury [13] in 1879; then held the three archdeaconries of the Diocese of Durham in quick succession: Archdeacon of Northumberland, 1880–June 1882; Archdeacon of Auckland, June–November 1882; and Archdeacon of Durham, November 1882 – 1922. [14] [15] He was Professor of Hebrew at Durham University, [16] retiring in 1920; and the Bampton Lecturer at Oxford, in 1890. [17]

Abergavenny town in Monmouthshire, Wales

Abergavenny is a market town and community in Monmouthshire, Wales. Abergavenny is promoted as a Gateway to Wales. It is located on the A40 trunk road and the A465 Heads of the Valleys road and is approximately 6 miles (10 km) from the border with England.

Kings College London public research university in London, United Kingdom

King's College London is a public research university located in London, United Kingdom, and a founding college and member institution of the federal University of London. King's was established in 1829 by King George IV and Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, when it received its first royal charter, and claims to be the fourth oldest university institution in England. In 1836, King's became one of the two founding colleges of the University of London. In the late 20th century, King's grew through a series of mergers, including with Queen Elizabeth College and Chelsea College of Science and Technology, the Institute of Psychiatry, the United Medical and Dental Schools of Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals and the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery.

Balliol College, Oxford constituent college of the University of Oxford

Balliol College is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford in England. One of Oxford's oldest colleges, it was founded around 1263 by John I de Balliol, a rich landowner from Barnard Castle in County Durham, who provided the foundation and endowment for the college. When de Balliol died in 1269 his widow, Dervorguilla, a woman whose wealth far exceeded that of her husband, continued his work in setting up the college, providing a further endowment, and writing the statutes. She is considered a co‑founder of the college.

He died at Brighton [18] on 31 August 1922. [19]


  1. thePeerage.com
  2. "University Intelligence", The Times (London, England), 26 June 1882; p. 10.
  3. Next Theology
  4. ” Durham University; earlier foundations and present colleges” Fowler,J.T London, F.E. Robinson 1904
  5. Amongst others he wrote Religion and Science (1878); The Church in Northumberland (1881); Holy Temple (1886) and The Gospel according to St John (1890) > British Library website accessed 14:03 GMT 17 November 2012.
  6. "The Queen's Levee", The Morning Post (London, England), 20 June 1899; p. 4. 19th Century British Library Newspapers: Part II.
  7. "Watkins, Ven. Henry William", Who Was Who, A & C Black, 1920–2008; online edn, Oxford University Press, December 2007 accessed 17 Nov 2012
  8. UNIVERSITY OF LONDON. The Leeds Mercury (Leeds, England), Friday, May 14, 1869; Issue 9700
  9. UNIVERSITY INTELLIGENCE.Jackson's Oxford Journal (Oxford, England), Saturday, June 15, 1878; Issue 6535
  10. ECCLESIASTICAL INTELLIGENCE. The Standard (London, England), March 15, 1870; pg. 6; Issue 14232. 19th Century British Library Newspapers: Part II.
  11. Geograph
  12. "Church News", The Standard (London, England), 17 June 1873; p. 6. 19th Century British Library Newspapers: Part II
  13. National Archives
  14. ECCLESIASTICAL NEWS The York Herald (York, England), Tuesday, June 06, 1882; p. 3; Issue 7891. 19th Century British Library Newspapers: Part II
  15. SGD.83/1 (Accessed 30 May 2014)
  16. Durham University Library Special Collections Catalogue
  17. "University Intelligence: Next year’s Bampton Lecturer announced", The Times (London, England), 22 May 1889; p. 8.
  18. Welsh Journals
  19. Obituary The Ven H.W. Watkins The Times(London, England), Friday, Sep 01, 1922; pg. 9; Issue 43125

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