Thomas Birch (priest)

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Thomas Birch DCL (1766 – 25 February 1840) was the Archdeacon of Lewes from 1823 until 1840. [1] Birch was born in 1766, son of Rev. Thomas Birch, who was Rector of Thoresby in Lincolnshire. [2] He was educated at Merchant Taylors' School, Northwood until 1785 when he was elected a fellow at St John's College, Oxford. [3] [4] He was also Dean of Battle (appointed 1801), [4] Vicar of Westfield, Sussex (appointed in 1828), Vicar of Bexhill, Sussex (appointed in March 1836), [5] and chaplain to the House of Correction in Battle (appointed in 1834). [6] Birch was highly respected and in his office as Dean of Battle in 1820 he performed the baptism of the second son of Sir Godfrey Webster, 5th Baronet in the presence of the child's godfather, Prince Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex. [7]

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Birch was described in The Gentleman's Magazine as "amiable, learned, and pious". [4]

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He married Maria Rosara Gordon, daughter of Charles Gordon, on 30 January 1804. Maria was the sister of James Alexander Gordon and niece of Sylvester Douglas, 1st Baron Glenbervie. [8] They had four sons and five daughters. [4] Their first son, Thomas Frederick Birch (born 16 January 1805) was in the Royal Navy, was commander of HMS Wizard (1830) in 1837, and retired a Rear-Admiral. [9] [4]

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  1. ”Chichester Diocese Clergy Lists:Clergy succession from the earliest times to the year 1900" Hennessy,G: London, St Peter's Press, 1900
  2. Sussex Archaeological Society, Sussex Archaeological Collections, Relating to the History and Antiquities of the County. 1910. p108
  3. Bateman, S. Merchant Taylors School ... Corrected up to December, 1861. (Excerpta e Fastis). Merchant Taylors' School (LONDON), 1862
  4. 1 2 3 4 5 "Clergy Deceased". The Gentleman's Magazine . 167: 440. Retrieved 1 May 2017.
  5. University and Clerical Interlude, The Observer (London, England), March 21, 1836, page 2, accessed May 1, 2017 at
  6. "Sussex - The General Report". Sussex Advertiser. 9 June 1834. p. 4.
  7. Peter Cochran. Byron and Hobby-O: Lord Byron’s Relationship with John Cam Hobhouse, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Apr 16, 2010, p206-207
  8. . The Scots Magazine and Edinburgh Literary Miscellany, Volume 66. 1804 . Retrieved 8 May 2017.Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. Michell, A. T. "Rugby School Register. Volume I. From April, 1675, to April, 1842." (1901). p185
  10. Ticehurst, F. W. The Hand-book to Battle Abbey (1860)
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Edward Robert Raynes
Archdeacon of Lewes
Succeeded by
Julius Hare