George Waddington

George Waddington (/ˈwɒdɪŋtən/; 7 September 1793 – 20 July 1869) was an English priest, traveller and church historian.

George Waddington
Warden of the University of Durham
In office
Preceded byCharles Thorp
Succeeded byWilliam Lake
Dean of Durham
In office
Preceded byJohn Jenkinson
Succeeded byWilliam Lake
Personal details
Born7 September 1793
Tuxford, Nottinghamshire, Great Britain
Died8 December 1897 (1897-12-09) (aged 104)
Durham, County Durham, United Kingdom
Alma materBalliol College, Oxford
ProfessionDean and Warden


He was the son of George Waddington (1754?-1824), vicar of Tuxford and Anne Dollond, youngest daughter of the optician Peter Dollond. He was educated at Charterhouse School from 1808 to 1811, and then entered at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was admitted scholar in 1812.[1]

His career at the university was distinguished. He was Browne medallist for the Latin ode in 1811, and for epigrams in 1814, Davies's university scholar in 1813, and chancellor's English medallist in 1813. He graduated Bachelor of Arts (BA) in 1815, being senior optime in the mathematical tripos and the first chancellor's medallist, and in 1816 he was member's prizeman.[1] He printed for circulation among his friends the Latin ode (1811) and his English poem "Columbus".[2] Waddington was admitted minor fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1817, and major fellow in 1818; he proceeded Cambridge Master of Arts (MA Cantab) 1818 and Doctor of Divinity (DD) about 1840, and he was an original member of the Athenaeum Club, London on its foundation in 1824. He had in the meantime published (1822), in conjunction with Barnard Hanbury, his Journal of a Visit to some parts of Ethiopia, describing a journey from Wadi Halfa to Meroë and back. Waddington was responsible for the authorship and for the seventeen drawings in their original state. He next brought out in 1825 a discriminating and impartial account of A Visit to Greece in 1823 and 1824, which passed into a second edition and in the same year. In 1829 he issued a volume on The Present Condition and Prospects of the Greek or Oriental Church, with some Letters written from the Convent of the Strophades, which, when revised, was reissued in a new edition in 185. The letters were addressed to "T.", probably Connop Thirlwall, his contemporary at school and college.

About 1826, Waddington was ordained in the Church of England, and in December 1827 he preached the sermon in the chapel of Trinity College on Commemoration day. He was presented by Trinity College to the perpetual curacy of St Mary the Great, Cambridge, on 1 February 1833, and on 17 June 1834 was presented by Trinity to the vicarage of Masham and Kirkby-Malzeard in Yorkshire, being also appointed on 1 October in that year commissary and official of the prebend of Masham. On 14 April 1833 he was collated to the prebendal stall of Ferring in Chichester Cathedral, and held it until 1841. He preached his farewell sermon at Masham on 27 December 1840.

Waddington was installed in the deanery of Durham on 25 September 1840, and became warden of the university in 1862. He died at Durham on 20 July 1869, and was buried on the north side of the cathedral yard. In 1870, in memory of him and of his brother Horatio (d.1867), his sisters founded the Waddington classical scholarship at Cambridge.


The best known works of Waddington are those on ecclesiastical history. The first of them described the History of the Church from the Earliest Ages to the Reformation (1833, 2 vols.; 2nd edition revised in 1835, 3 vols.) The other set of the History of the Reformation on the Continent (1841, 3 vols.) He also published some single sermons and addresses, and three lectures on "National Education in England".


  1. ^ a b "Waddington, George (WDNN810G)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  2. ^ Gent. Mag. 1812, ii. 470-1.


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Academic offices
Preceded by
Charles Thorp
Warden of the University of Durham
Succeeded by
William Lake