Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Lyttelton, William Henry (1820-1884)

LYTTELTON, WILLIAM HENRY (1820–1884), canon of Gloucester, second son of William Henry, third baron Lyttelton [q. v.], born on 3 April 1820, was educated at Winchester School and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated M.A. in 1841. Ordained deacon in 1843, and priest in 1844, he held from 1843 to 1845 the curacy of Kettering, Northamptonshire, was instituted to the rectory of Hagley, Worcestershire, in 1847, and appointed honorary canon of Worcester on 4 Nov. 1850. In 1880 he was made canon of Gloucester. He died at Malvern on 24 July 1884. Lyttelton married, first, on 28 Sept. 1854, Emily, youngest daughter of the Right Rev. Henry Pepys, D.D., bishop of Worcester, who died on 12 Sept. 1877; secondly, on 5 Feb. 1880, Constance Ellen, youngest daughter of the Hon. and Very Rev. Grantham Yorke, D.D., dean of Worcester, who survived him.

Besides publishing sundry sermons and addresses, and contributing a chapter on the physical geography and geology of the Clent district to William Harris's ‘Clentine Rambles,’ Stourbridge, 1868, 8vo, Lyttelton edited:

  1. ‘Forms of Praise and Prayer in the Manner of Offices,’ Oxford, 1869, 8vo.
  2. ‘Scripture Revelations of the Life of Man after Death, and the Christian Doctrines of Descent into Hell, the Resurrection of the Body, and the Life Everlasting, with Remarks upon Cremation and upon Christian Burial,’ London, 1875, 8vo; 3rd edit. 1876.
  3. ‘Biblical Studies,’ from the French of F. Godet, London, 1875, 1876, 1882, 8vo.

He also published ‘Lectures in Defence of the Christian Faith’ (from the French of F. Godet), Edinburgh, 1881, 8vo, 2nd edit. 1883; and ‘Egypt, Palestine, and Phœnicia, a Visit to Sacred Lands’ (from the French of F. Bovet), London, 1882, 8vo.

[Times, 25 July 1884; Grad. Cant.; Clergy List, 1844–84; Burke's Peerage, ‘Cobham;’ Crockford's Clerical Directory, 1884; Le Neve's Fasti Eccl. Angl. iii. 89; Gent. Mag. 1854, pt. ii. p. 620.]

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