Gerrard Andrewes

Gerrard Andrewes

Gerrard Andrewes (1750–1825) was an English churchman, Dean of Canterbury from 1809.


He was the son of Gerrard Andrewes, vicar of Syston and St. Nicholas, Leicester, and master of the Leicester Grammar School. The younger Gerrard was born at Leicester 3 April 1750, and educated at Westminster School. He was elected to a Westminster scholarship at Trinity College, Cambridge, took his B.A. degree in 1773, M.A. 1779, and D.D. 1807. From 1771 to 1784 he worked as an usher at Westminster School.[1]

He became occasional preacher at St Bride's Church, and afterwards at St. James's, in the Hampstead Road. In 1788 an old pupil, George Barrington, gave him the living of Zeal Monachorum, in Devon. In 1791 he became preacher at the Magdalen Hospital, and in 1799 at the Foundling Hospital. Lady Talbot admired his sermons, and presented him in 1800 to the living of Mickleham, Surrey, to which he was again presented in 1802 after resigning it upon his collation by Bishop Beilby Porteus to St James's, Piccadilly.

In 1809 he gave up Mickleham on his appointment by Spencer Perceval to the deanery of Canterbury. In 1812 he declined an offer of the bishopric of Chester on the plea of advancing years. He died 2 June 1825 at the rectory of Piccadilly, and was buried at Great Bookham, Surrey. His only publications are sermons.


On 1 December 1788 he married Elizabeth Maria, daughter of the Rev. Thomas Bale, by whom he had three daughters and a son, who married the daughter of William Heberden the Younger.


  1. "Andrewes, Gerrard (ANDS769G)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.


Church of England titles
Preceded by
Thomas Powys
Dean of Canterbury
Succeeded by
Hugh Percy
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