Hagg*r One Name Study

William Hagger Barlow

Some would say he is not a real Hagger as his father was a Barlow, however as he used Hagger in his name in tribute to his mother Elizabeth we have included him in the study.

William was born in 1833 in Derbyshire and baptised by his father Henry Barlow who was married to Elizabeth (nee Hagger).  Henry was the curate of Dethick which was where the baptism took place. William had an elder brother Henry John who died in 1838 and three sisters - Elizabeth Anne, Annie Charlotte and Emily Sarah.  Only three of the children William, Elizabeth Anne and Emily Sarah grew to maturity.  Henry and Elizabeth had married in 1829, Elizabeth was the only daughter of John Hagger of Sheffield and Sarah.  Elizabeth was baptised in Sheffield in 1805.

William was educated at the Old Grammar School in Sheffield before studying at St John’s College,Cambridge, the same college as his father attended.   William graduated with a BA in 1858 and in the same year he was ordained a Deacon and got engaged to Eliza Mary Williams.  He was curate at St James Bristol from 1858 to 1861, during this time he also obtained an MA from Cambridge.  In 1861 he was appointed Vicar of St Bartholomew’s Bristol until 1873.  In 1873 he moved to Oxford as Rector of St Ebbe’s until 1875 when he was awarded a Bachelor Of Divinity degree.  He then became principle of the CMS (Church Missionary Society) College in Islington until 1882.  After this he was Vicar of St Jame’s Clapham until 1887 when he returned to Islington as Vicar and Rural Dean until 1901, also in 1887 he was appointed a JP.  In 1895 he was awarded a Doctor of Divinity by Oxford University.

He became Dean of Peterbourgh Cathedral until his death in 1908, after a period of ill health but did manage to preach his last sermon on Easter Sunday 1908. He is buried in the precincts of the Cathedral where there is a also a stained glass window in his memory.  He lost his wife Eliza Mary in 1905 whom he had married in Eton in 1861.  William and Eliza had five children, 3 boys and 2 girls.


William Hagger Barlow

The window in Peterborough Cathedral dedicated to William Hagger Barlow and the inscription form bottom centre enlarged.

William Hagger Barlow grave in the precincts of Peterborough Cathedral

One of two follies William Hagger Barlow built in the Deanery Garden at Peterbourgh.  The Deanery is in the background.

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