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Mandell Creighton

(1843-1901), Bishop of London and historian; Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery

Sitter in 9 portraits
Ordained into the Church of England in 1870. During the early part of his church career he began the History of the Papacy, for which he is best remembered, and the first volume of which appeared in 1882. In 1884, he resigned his living in Northumberland to go to Cambridge as the first Dixie Professor of Ecclesiastical History, and in 1886 he became editor of the newly launched English Historical Review. Creighton resigned from both his editorship and his Chair in 1891 upon being made Bishop of Peterborough. The fifth and last volume of the History of the Papacy came out in 1894, the year he accepted the presidency of the Historical Society. In 1897, he became Bishop of London.

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Mandell Creighton, by Frederick Thomas Dalton ('F.T.D.') - NPG 2706

Mandell Creighton

by Frederick Thomas Dalton ('F.T.D.')
watercolour, published in Vanity Fair 22 April 1897
NPG 2706

Mandell Creighton, by Unknown photographer - NPG P1700(35a)

Mandell Creighton

by Unknown photographer
printing-out paper print, 1897 or before
NPG P1700(35a)

Mandell Creighton, by Elliott & Fry - NPG x22243

Mandell Creighton

by Elliott & Fry
albumen cabinet card, 1870s-1880s
NPG x22243

Mandell Creighton, by W. & D. Downey, published by  Cassell & Company, Ltd - NPG Ax16161

Mandell Creighton

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, published 1893
NPG Ax16161

Mandell Creighton, by Melhuish & Gale - NPG x75865

Mandell Creighton

by Melhuish & Gale
albumen cabinet card, 1896
NPG x75865

Mandell Creighton, after Henry Tanworth Wells - NPG D20754

Mandell Creighton

after Henry Tanworth Wells
collotype, 1897-1901
NPG D20754

Mandell Creighton ('Statesmen. No. 683.'), by Frederick Thomas Dalton ('F.T.D.') - NPG D44852

Mandell Creighton ('Statesmen. No. 683.')

by Frederick Thomas Dalton ('F.T.D.')
chromolithograph, published in Vanity Fair 22 April 1897
NPG D44852

Mandell Creighton, after Henry Tanworth Wells - NPG D9700

Mandell Creighton

after Henry Tanworth Wells
collotype, 1897-1901
NPG D9700

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20 July 2017, 23:03

Mandell Creighton was a cousin to my great-grandfather, Joseph PEARSON, who was born in Workington, Cumberland/Cumbria. His Mother was BETSY MANDELL. I have pursued this line no further...!

Someone (a visitor to this Island of Unst, Shetland, and resident in Embleton) told me that, when MC was being inducted to the Bishopric of London, he had to knock on the Cathedral door, which opened to show a crowd of the great and good of the Church. Mandell observed, 'Ah! The See gives up its dead!!'

Perhaps I should start to pursue this line of enquiry again. I have visited Carlisle for 2 nights of B&B, some years ago, to this end!

MC has a stone memorial in the South choir aisle, in coloured stones ??pietra dura? in the floor of Peterborough, and a MAGISTERIAL statue in the same aisle in St Paul's Cathedral, London. I was told this by the Bishop of Peterborough, William, whose surname escapes me just now. He is long retired! He added that this statue was locked up behind some metal enclosure, and to write, beforehand, if I wished to inspect it; but I seldom come to London.

Enough for tonight!

With warm wishes from Britain's northernmost island, Unst, in Shetland

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