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Henry Wace (1836-1924)
Dean of Canterbury


  • 1836 Born in London, December
  • Educated at Marlborough, Rugby, King's College, London, and Brasenose College, Oxford.
  • 1861 Ordained and held curacies in London.
  • 1872 Chaplain at Lincoln’ Inn
  • 1880 Preacher at Lincoln’s Inn
  • 1881 Also Prebendary of St. Paul’s, Cathedral.
  • 1875 Also Professor of Ecclesiastical History at Kings College, London.
  • 1883 Principal of Kings.
  • 1889 Appointed chaplain to the Queen.
  • 1902 Resigned from Council of Kings when it abolished the religious entrance test.
  • 1903 Rector of St. Michael’s Cornhill.
    Dean of Canterbury Cathedral.
  • 1921 Honorary Freedom of the City of Canterbury

Wace was for a time editor of Churchman and was the first Chairman of the National Church League (from 1906-1924).

Wace gave many prominent lectures including the Boyle lecture in 1874 and 1875 and the Bampton Lecture in 1879. He was active in controversies over Tractarianism, Rationalism and Christian education.


Published works include:

Dictionary of Christian Biography (co-editor)

Speaker’s Commentary on the Apocrypha (editor) (1888)

Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, 2nd Series (co-editor)

Criticism Criticised (on Old Testament criticism) (1902)

The Bible and Modern Investigation (1906)

  • Principles of the Reformation
  • Christianity and Agnosticism : Reviews of Some Recent Attacks on the Christian Faith. (1890)
  • Luther’s Primary Works. (1896)

Documents online by Wace

The Main Purpose and Character of the Thirty-Nine Articles (Ladies League - Veritatis Viribus No 18)


Church Society Articles on Dean Wace

Dean Wace and the House - Outline of the life of Henry Wace whom the Church Society offices are named after. Cross†Way article by Arthur Pollard.

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