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ED 250 03 04


Papers of Edward Coleridge, 1800 - 1883



Administrative / Biographical history

Edward was the son of James Coleridge of Ottery St Mary and his wife Frances Taylor, and nephew of the poet. John Taylor Coleridge, 1790 -1876, the judge and father of the Lord Chief Justice John Duke Coleridge, 1820 - 1894, was his brother and John Coleridge Patteson, 1827 - 1871, the missionary bishop of Melanesia, was his nephew.

He came to Eton as a King's Scholar in 1800 but like his future brother-in-law Richard Durnford went to Oxford rather than Cambridge, perhaps unsurprisingly in view of the family connection with Devon going to Exeter College, of which he later became a fellow. He returned to Eton as an assistant master in 1825 (breaking the stranglehold of Kingsmen on the job) and was appointed Lower Master in 1850. In January 1857 he was appointed a Fellow of the College. He married Dr Keate's eldest daughter Mary in 1826, and their decision to christen their son Charles Edward led to some comment in view of his great-grandfather's alleged descent from the Young Pretender.

Edward Coleridge in his memoirs said that he was the first assistant master to introduce regular prayers in his house. His inclinations towards the Oxford Movement are said to have cost him the Head Mastership on the resignation of Dr Hawtrey.


1849 - 1883
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