Edward Stanley (bishop)

Edward Stanley (bishop)

Edward Stanley FRS (January 1, 1779 - September 6, 1849), bishop of Norwich, the younger brother of the 1st Baron Stanley of Alderley, was born in London.

Educated at St John's College, Cambridge (16th wrangler, 1802), he was ordained in 1802 and became rector of Alderley, Cheshire, three years later. Here he took a great interest in education, and encouraged especially the teaching of secular subjects at his school.

In 1837 he was consecrated Bishop of Norwich. The diocese at this time was conspicuous for laxity and want of discipline, and this he proceeded to remedy, although at first he met with much opposition. Ordinations and confirmations were held more regularly and frequently, the schools were properly inspected, the Plurality Act was enforced and undesirable clergy were removed.

He was tolerant towards Dissenters and supported all missionary undertakings without regarding their sectarian associations. In politics he was a Liberal and devoted himself especially to educational questions. He was the father of Owen Stanley and Arthur Penrhyn Stanley.

Stanley's letters, "Before and after Waterloo" (edited by JH Adeane and M Grenfell, 1907), are full of interest to students of Napoleonic history.



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