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George Watson Hand (b Hill Ridware 6 March 1750–d City of London 3 February 1802) [1] was Archdeacon of Dorset from 1780 to 1801. [2]

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Hand was educated at Christ Church, Oxford, where he matriculated in 1767, graduating B.A. in 1771, and M.A. in 1774. [3] His first post was as Chaplain to Thomas Newton, Bishop of Bristol. [4] He held livings at St George Botolph Lane and St Giles-without-Cripplegate. He was a Prebendary of St Paul's and Salisbury. [5]

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  1. 'Births, Deaths, Marriages and Obituaries' The Morning Post (London, England), Friday, February 05, 1802; Issue 10401
  2. From: 'Archdeacons: Dorset', Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1541-1857: volume 8: Bristol, Gloucester, Oxford and Peterborough dioceses (1996), pp. 19-20. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=35303 Accessed 15 April 2018
  3. Foster, Joseph (1888–1892). "Hand, George Watson"  . Alumni Oxonienses: the Members of the University of Oxford, 1715–1886 . Oxford: Parker and Co via Wikisource.
  4. "The Ecclesiastical Division of the Diocese of Bristol" Boswell, E. p16: Sherborne, J.Penny, 1867
  5. Clergy database

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