Edgar Jacob, Bishop of St. Albans collection

Scope and Content

The collection comprises of correspondence by the Bishop with the Antarctic explorer Apsley Cherry-Garrard (assistant zoologist, British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913) on non polar matters.

Administrative / Biographical History

Edgar Jacob was born on 16 November 1844 at Crawley Rectory, near Winchester. He was educated at Winchester College and New College, Oxford, graduating in 1867. In 1868, he was ordained, serving in three parishes before taking up the post of domestic chaplain to the bishop of Calcutta in 1872.

Returning to England in 1876, he was appointed first warden of the Wilberforce mission in South London and examining chaplain to the bishop of Winchester, and two years later vicar of Portsea. In 1896, he was consecrated bishop of Newcastle, holding the see until 1903, when he became bishop of St. Albans. He retired in 1919 and died on 25 March 1920 at St. Cross.


The correspondence is arranged chronologically.

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Descriptions compiled by N. Boneham, Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to Robert Keith Headland Antarctic Chronology, unpublished corrected revision of Chronological list of Antarctic expeditions and related historical events, (1 December 2001) Cambridge University Press (1989) ISBN 0521309034 and Dictionary of National Biography, 1912-1921, Oxford University Press, London (1927)

Other Finding Aids

Clive Holland Manuscripts in the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, England - a catalogue, Garland Publishing New York and London (1982) ISBN 0824093941.

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