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Stanhope, George, 1660-1728 (clergyman)



  • Existence: 1660 - 1728


George Stanhope (1660-1728), Dean of Canterbury, was born in 1660 in Hartshorne, Derbyshire, the thirteenth son of the rector of Hartshorne. He was educated at Uppingham School, Eton and Kings College where he became a Fellow in 1680. He gained his BA in 1682 and MA in 1685. Stanhope was vicar of Quy, Cambridgeshire, from 1687 to 1688 before becoming rector of Tewin, Hertfordshire from 1689 until 1702. Stanhope was chaplain to the earl of Dartmouth as well as tutor to the earl's son and in 1689 he was made vicar of Lewisham by Dartmouth. He was also chaplain to William and Mary from 1694, a post he held for Queen Anne and George I. Stanhope became vicar of St Nicholas, Deptford, in 1702 and was made Dean of Canterbury in 1704. He had strong links with high church, being a member of the tory October Club, but never held the extreme views of many of that circle. Stanhope married Olivia Cotton and they had one son and five daughters before she died in 1707. He then married Ann Parker. Stanhope died in 1728 in Bath.

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George Stanhope: Commonplace Book

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.6339
Scope and Contents

Comprises various pieces of verse by Stanhope and contemporary writers and brief prose accounts of the lives of certain of the apostles and evangelists. Written during his residence at King's College.

Dates: 1680-1686 (Circa)
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