Thomas Jex-Blake

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Thomas Jex-Blake (John Everett Millais, 1875)

Thomas William Jex-Blake (26 Jan 1832 - 2 July 1915) was an Anglican priest and educationalist.[1][2]

He was born in 1832 the son of lawyer Thomas Jex-Blake and the brother of Sophia Jex-Blake and educated at Rugby[3] and University College, Oxford.[4] He began a career as a school master at Marlborough and was then Assistant Master at Rugby. From 1868 to 1874 he was Principal of Cheltenham College and from 1874 to 1887 was Headmaster of Rugby[5] then Rector of Alvechurch.

In 1891 he was appointed Dean of Wells,[6] a post he held for two decades. He died on 2 July 1915.[7]

He had married Henrietta Cordery in 1857: they had two sons and nine daughters. One son was Arthur John Jex-Blake, a successful doctor and the daughters included educationalists Katharine Jex-Blake and Henrietta Jex-Blake.


  1. ^ National Archives
  2. ^ Deans of Wells[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-2007 London, A & C Black, 2007 ISBN 978-0-19-954087-7
  4. ^ The Times, Tuesday, 24 May 1853; p. 6; Issue 21436; col D University Intelligence. Oxford, May 21., First Public Examination.-Easter Term. 1853
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  6. ^ New Dean Of Wells The Times Thursday, 12 February 1959; p. 12; Issue 54383; col D
  7. ^ Death Of Dr. Jexblake. Late Dean Of Wells. The Times Saturday, 3 July 1915; p. 11; Issue 40897; col E
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Edward Hayes Plumptre
Dean of Wells
1891– 1911
Succeeded by
Joseph Armitage Robinson
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