Edward Talbot (bishop)

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Edward Talbot
Bishop of Winchester
Edward Stuart Talbot Vanity 11 October 1911.jpg
Talbot in Vanity magazine, 11 October 1911
ChurchChurch of England
PredecessorHerbert Ryle
SuccessorTheodore Woods
Other postsBishop of Southwark
Bishop of Rochester
Consecrationc. 1895
Personal details
Born(1844-02-19)19 February 1844
Died30 January 1934(1934-01-30) (aged 89)
BuriedOutside Winchester Cathedral
ResidenceFarnham Castle
ParentsJohn Chetwynd-Talbot & Caroline Stuart-Wortley
SpouseLavinia Lyttelton
Childrensee below
Alma materChrist Church, Oxford

Edward Stuart Talbot (19 February 1844 – 30 January 1934) was an Anglican bishop in the Church of England and the first Warden of Keble College, Oxford. He was successively the Bishop of Rochester, the Bishop of Southwark and the Bishop of Winchester.[1]


He was educated at Charterhouse School until 1858. In 1862 he went up to Christ Church, Oxford and graduated in 1865. He remained there until 1869 as modern history tutor.[2]


In 1869 he was appointed first warden of Keble College, Oxford, and he stayed there until 1888 when he accepted the post of Vicar of Leeds Parish Church, where he remained for six years (1889–1895). While still in Oxford he and his wife were the founders of Lady Margaret Hall, the first college for women, in 1878.[3] He then held the posts of Bishops of Rochester, of Southwark and of Winchester. Farnham Castle was the traditional home of the Bishops of Winchester.


His father was the Hon. John Chetwynd-Talbot, son of Charles Chetwynd-Talbot, 2nd Earl Talbot, and his mother was Caroline Jane Stuart-Wortley, daughter of James Stuart-Wortley, 1st Baron Wharncliffe.

He married the Hon. Lavinia Lyttelton (born 10 October 1849), daughter of George Lyttelton, 4th Baron Lyttelton and Mary née Glynne, on 29 June 1870. Their children were:[4]

  • Mary Catherine Talbot (2 October 1875 – 2 September 1957) who married Lionel Ford
  • Revd Edward Keble Talbot (31 December 1877 – 21 October 1949)
  • Rt Revd Neville Talbot, Bishop of Pretoria (21 August 1879 – 3 April 1943)
  • Lavinia Caroline Talbot (15 April 1882 – 30 September 1950)
  • Gilbert Walter Lyttelton Talbot (1 September 1891 – 30 July 1915, killed in action at Ypres), and after whom the Toc H organisation was named


The Hall and one face of the Wolfson quadrangle of Lady Margaret Hall was named the Talbot Building after him: it was opened in 1910.[5]

The Talbot Fund at Keble College, established in 1999, also bears his name.[6]

A memorial to Talbot stands in Southwark Cathedral in the form of a bronze effigy atop a stone tomb, by sculptor Cecil Thomas.[7]


  1. ^ "Edward Stuart Talbot". National Portrait Gallery. Retrieved 28 November 2017.
  2. ^ "TALBOT, EDWARD STUART". Emory University. Retrieved 28 November 2017.
  3. ^ In January 1933 he dedicated the college chapel. Alden's Oxford Guide. Oxford: Alden & Co., 1958; pp. 120–21
  4. ^ The Peerage – Rt Revd Edward Talbot
  5. ^ Alden (1958)
  6. ^ "Talbot Fund". Keble College, Oxford. Archived from the original on 12 August 2007. Retrieved 30 November 2010.
  7. ^ "Cecil Walter Thomas OBE, FRBS". Mapping the Practice and Profession of Sculpture in Britain and Ireland–1951. University of Glasgow. Retrieved 6 January 2016.


  • Dictionary of National Biography

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Church of England titles
Preceded by
Randall Davidson
Bishop of Rochester
Succeeded by
John Harmer
New diocese Bishop of Southwark
Succeeded by
Hubert Burge
Preceded by
Herbert Ryle
Bishop of Winchester
Succeeded by
Theodore Woods