James Hook (priest)

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James Hook FRS, FSA (1772?–1828) was Dean of Worcester[1] from 1825[2] until his death.

The son of the composer James Hook,[3] he was educated at Westminster School and St Mary Hall, Oxford and ordained in 1796.[4] He married the daughter of the prominent Scottish physician Walter Farquhar.[5] After having held several livings in 1814 he became Archdeacon of Huntingdon;[6] and in 1817 Rector of Whippingham.[7]

An amateur mountaineer,[8] novelist and composer, he died on 5 February 1828.[9] His brother [10] and son [11] also achieved eminence in their respective fields.



  1. ^ ” Catalogue of the Lansdowne Manuscripts in the British Museum” 1819 p252
  2. ^ Berrow's Worcester Journal (Worcester, England), Thursday, August 11, 1825; Issue 6397
  3. ^ ”Bishops & Deans of Worcester” Green,B: Worcester, Worcester Cathedral, 1979
  4. ^ Richard Garnett, ‘Hook, James (1772?–1828)’, rev. H. C. G. Matthew, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 accessed 28 June 2013
  5. ^ National Archives
  6. ^ 'Clerical intelligence' The Morning Post (London, England), Saturday, February 26, 1814; Issue 13448
  7. ^ "Companion to the Isle of Wight" Albin,J: London Longmans 1831
  8. ^ Scottish Mountaineering Club
  9. ^ The Gentleman's Magazine and Historical Chronicle -- Volume XCVIII” Urban,S (Ed) April 1818 p11 (379 in bound annual collection)
  10. ^ Brief biography
  11. ^ Trove
Church of England titles
Preceded by
John Banks Jenkinson
Dean of Worcester
Succeeded by
George Murray

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