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William Barnard

Dr William Barnard, Bishop of Derry, was buried in the Islip chapel in Westminster Abbey. A modern stone for him reads "WILLIAM BISHOP OF DERRY 1768". His white marble memorial tablet is now in the Abbey triforium. This was originally in a niche above the entry to the chapel of Our Lady of Pew, next door to the Islip chapel, but was removed in the 1930s. The Latin inscription can be translated:

"Here awaits a blessed resurrection the Right Reverend Father in Christ William Barnard, D.D., first a pupil of this Collegiate Church, then Prebendary, afterward Dean of Rochester, thence elevated to Bishoprics in Ireland, of Raphoe in 1744, of Derry in 1747, by King George II. How great a benevolence he exercised in relieving the poor, in repairing churches, in setting up endowments, that diocese (over which he presided for more than twenty years) will long be aware and acknowledge. Returning to England for reasons of ill health, he died in London 10th Jan. 1768 aged 72".

He was born in Clapham in south London, a son of lawyer John Barnard and his wife Isabella. After attending Westminster School he went to Trinity College Cambridge. He then became Rector of Esher in Surrey and chaplain to the Duke of Newcastle. Later he was chaplain to the King and vicar of St Bride's, Fleet Street. On October 4th 1732 he was made a prebendary of Westminster and his other preferments followed. He married Anne Stone, daughter of an eminent London banker and sister of the Archbishop of Armagh [see the Stone entry on our website].

Their son Thomas was born in 1727 and attended Westminster School. He was Archdeacon of Derry and Dean there in 1769. He later became Bishop of Killaloe and of LImerick. He married Anne Browne of co.Carlow in 1758 and secondly Jane Ross-Lewin. He died 7th June 1806. Another son was Henry, a clergyman in the Church of Ireland.

William's great-grandson was Sir Henry William Barnard, (son of Rev.William Barnard, rector of Water Stratford in Buckinghamshire). He was born in 1799 and educated at Westminster School. He joined the Foot Guards and was a Major General in the Crimean war. In 1828 he married Isabella Crauford. On 5th July 1857 he died of cholera at the siege of Delhi. His name appears on the Westminster School Crimea and Indian Mutiny column opposite the west entrance of the Abbey. He also had a stained glass window in the north transept window, erected by his widow. This set of windows were to six members of the Rifle Brigade who fell in the Indian conflict but all were destroyed by blast in the Second World War. A black marble stone still remains near the north door with the other names also inscribed:

"To the Glory of God and in memory of Major Genl. Sir Henry W.Barnard K.C.B....who died in the service of the Queen and their country in India in 1857 and 1858. The six lancet window of this transept were enriched with stained glass by their relatives or comrades of Sir James Outram's division 1860".

See Sir Henry's main entry on the website.

Further reading for William and Thomas

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography 2004.

"The Record of Old Westminsters"


10th January 1768




Islip Chapel; Triforium

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William Barnard
William Barnard Memorial

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