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Randall Thomas Davidson, Baron Davidson of Lambeth (1848-1930), Archbishop of Canterbury

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Ordained Deacon in 1874 and became a priest the following year. He served as Chaplain to Archibald Campbell Tait, the Archbishop of Canterbury, and married Tait's daughter, Edith. When Tait died Queen Victoria asked Davidson for an account of the deathbed scene; he so impressed her that he became her trusted confidant and was made Dean of Windsor. He was subsequently Bishop of Rochester and Bishop of Winchester before becoming Archbishop of Canterbury in 1903. He played a major part in the funeral ceremonies for Queen Victoria in 1901, and was responsible for the wake at Osborne House. He was the first Archbishop of Canterbury to retire in 1928, all predecessors having died in office.

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