Rev. Dr. Richard MICHELL, D.D.

Rev. Dr. Richard MICHELL, D.D.

Male 1805 - 1877  (72 years)

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  • Name Rev. Dr. Richard MICHELL, D.D. 
    Prefix Rev. Dr. 
    Suffix D.D. 
    Born 10 Mar 1805  Bruton, Somerset. England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened 31 Dec 1805  Bruton, Somerset. England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Census UK 30 Mar 1851  St. Giles Street, St. Giles, Oxford, Oxfordshire. England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Richard Michell, head, marr, 46, Public orator B.D. University, born Bruton Somerset
      Amelia Michell, wife, marr, 39, born Marylebone London
      Edward Blair Michell, son, 8, Scholar, born Oxford St Giles
      Eliza Maria Michell, daug, 7, Scholar, born Oxford St Giles
      Richard Brooke Michell, son, 5, born Oxford St Giles
      Rowland Lyons Noworthy Michell, son, 4, born Oxford St Giles
      Mary Caroline Michell, daug, 2, born Oxford St Giles
      Herbert William Creswell Michell, son, 1 Mo, born Oxford St Giles
    Census UK 7 Apr 1861  St. Giles Street, St. Giles, Oxford, Oxfordshire. England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Richard Michell, head, marr, 56, Public orator of the University of Oxford, born Bruton Somerset
      Amelia Michell, wife, marr, 50, born London
      Edward B. Michell, son, 18, born Oxford
      Richard Michell, son, 15, born Oxford
      Rowland L Michell, son, 14, born Oxford
      Mary C Michell, daug, 12, born Oxford
      Arthur T Michell, son, 8, born Oxford
      Walter G Mitchell, son, 6, born Oxford
      Plus servants
    Census UK 2 Apr 1871  High Street, Bruton, Somerset. England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • Fanny Michell, head, wid, 69, Landowner, born Frome Somerset
      Ernest Cassan, son, unmarr, 35, Graduate of Magdalen Hall Oxford BA and landowner, born Bruton Somerset
      Richard Michell, Visitor (temp), marr, 66, Principle of Magdelen Hall Oxford DD and landowner, born Bruton Somerset
      Gertrude Messiter, visitor, unmarr, 23, born Repton? Derbyshire
    Died 29 Mar 1877  Oxford, Oxfordshire. England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Oxford, Oxfordshire. England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I1  Bruton
    Last Modified 26 Oct 2013 

    Father Edward MICHELL,   b. 25 Apr 1771, Totnes, Devon. England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Feb 1829, Bruton, Somerset. England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years) 
    Mother Ann CLEMENT,   b. 1773, Wyke Champflower, Somerset. England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Mar 1843, Bruton, Somerset. England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Married 2 May 1797  Bruton, Somerset. England Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • Marriage
      2 May 1797
      Edward Michell & Ann Clement, by lic.
      Edward was an Attorney-at Law.
      Edward Michell, Bachelor of this Parish and Ann Clement of the same were married in this Church by Licence this second day of May in the year One Thousand seven Hundred and ninety seven by me Cha.s. Roberts Min.r
      The marriage was solemnized between us Edward Michell & Ann Clement.
      In the presence of Mary Michell and Henry S Michell
      The above is a true Extract from the Register kept for Registering Marriages in the Parish of Bruton in the County of Somerset.
    Family ID F1  Group Sheet

    Family Amelia BLAIR,   b. 7 Apr 1811, Marylebone, London. England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Sep Q 1896, Rugby District, Warwickshire. England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Married 14 Jul 1841  Holy Trinity, Marylebone, London. England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Edward Blair MICHELL, M.A.,   b. 6 Dec 1842, St. Giles, Oxford, Oxfordshire. England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Nov 1926, London. England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
    +2. Eliza Maria MICHELL,   b. 24 Feb 1844, St. Giles, Oxford, Oxfordshire. England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    +3. Richard Brooke MICHELL, B.A.,   b. 1 Oct 1845, St. Giles, Oxford, Oxfordshire. England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Nov 1915, The Lawn, Rugby, Warwickshire. England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
    +4. Rowland Lyons Nosworthy MICHELL, C.M.G. B.A.,   b. 14 Feb 1847, St. Giles, Oxford, Oxfordshire. England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Mar 1931  (Age 84 years)
    +5. Duchess Mary Caroline MICHELL,   b. 21 Jun 1848, St. Giles, Oxford, Oxfordshire. England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 May 1912  (Age 63 years)
     6. Herbert William Creswell MICHELL,   b. 12 Feb 1851, St. Giles, Oxford, Oxfordshire. England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Mar 1909, Hove, Surrey. England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years)
    +7. Arthur Tompson MICHELL, M.A.,   b. 16 Sep 1852, St. Giles, Oxford, Oxfordshire. England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Aug 1923, 6 Brick Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire. England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
     8. Walter Gordon MICHELL, M.A.,   b. 28 Apr 1854, St. Giles, Oxford, Oxfordshire. England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Dec 1925  (Age 71 years)
    Last Modified 4 Nov 2009 
    Family ID F2  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 10 Mar 1805 - Bruton, Somerset. England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 31 Dec 1805 - Bruton, Somerset. England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 14 Jul 1841 - Holy Trinity, Marylebone, London. England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus UK - 30 Mar 1851 - St. Giles Street, St. Giles, Oxford, Oxfordshire. England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus UK - 7 Apr 1861 - St. Giles Street, St. Giles, Oxford, Oxfordshire. England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus UK - 2 Apr 1871 - High Street, Bruton, Somerset. England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 29 Mar 1877 - Oxford, Oxfordshire. England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Oxford, Oxfordshire. England Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    François collection
    François collection
    Rev. Richard Michell D.D. 1805 - 1877
    François collection
    François collection
    Rev. Richard Michell D.D. 1805 - 1877
    François collection
    François collection
    Rev. Richard MICHELL, D.D. 1805 - 1877

    Headstones
    Stain Glass window at Bruton
    Stain Glass window at Bruton
    The 3 geese/swans and chevron can clearly be seen in the top of the left hand window.

    Arms
    François Michell collection
    François Michell collection
    Arms combining the Michell 3 swans with the Blair Torteaux.

    This artwork, although supplied to me by François Michell was probably drawn/collected by Arthur Tompson Michell 1852 - 1923.

  • Notes 
    • Following from François Michell (a descendant of this line).
      RICHARD MICHELL, D.D. of St Giles, Oxford, 3 son, b. 10 July 1805 at Bruton.
      Educated at Bruton School (of which his great-uncle Edward Michell had been headmaster).
      First elected an Exhibitioner in 1819.
      Matriculated from Wadham College, Oxford, in 1820, B.A.
      First Class Honours degree, Lit. Hum. at the age of nineteen (1824, M.A.).
      Nominated Public Examiner in 1829, 1833 & 1839.
      Fellow of Lincoln College and D.D. in 1830.
      Fellow of Wadham College in 1835.
      Appointed Select Preacher in 1838 and first Praelector of Logic in 1839.
      Public Orator in 1848.
      Delivered the Brampton Lectures in 1849.
      Vice-Principal of Magdalen Hall in 1848, principal in 1868.
      Founder and 1st Principal of Hertford College in 1874.
      Rector of South Moreton, Berks. d. at Oxford, 29 March 1877.
      (Have a print of him made after the large portrait by Ellis in Jacques's possession)

      A short autobiography
      Michell, Richard (1805-1877), college head, was born in Bruton, Somerset, the third son of Edward Michell of Bruton and Ann Clements of Wyke Champflower, also in Somerset. He was educated at Bruton grammar school before proceeding in 1820 to Wadham College, Oxford, where his uncle, Dr Richard Michell (1766-1826), was a fellow of some distinction. Obtaining a first class in the classical school (BA 1824, MA 1827, BD 1836, and DD 1868), Michell became a remarkably successful private tutor. Many of his pupils afterwards distinguished themselves in the learned professions or politics; they included the future lords Selborne and Sherbrooke, bishops Charles Wordsworth, James Fraser, and John Pelham, deans R. W. Church and H. G. Liddell, and Professor J. A. Froude. At the previously unprecedented age of twenty-four he was appointed a classical examiner, an office which he frequently held afterwards. He was admitted to the Middle Temple in 1827, but was ordained in 1831, having been elected fellow of Lincoln College in 1830. There he acted as bursar in 1832, and as tutor from 1834 to 1848, continuing to teach for the college after he had relinquished his fellowship on his marriage on 14 July 1841 to Amelia, youngest daughter of Thomas Blair. In 1839 he was elected in convocation, by a very large majority, the first praelector of logic, on the revival of university teaching of that subject in Oxford. This office he held for ten years. He was in 1842 an unsuccessful candidate for the headmastership of Rugby. In 1849 he delivered the Brampton lectures, taking as his title The Nature and Comparative Value of the Christian Evidences. In 1849 also Michell was appointed public orator of the university, and he retained that office until his death. His orations delivered at the annual act or encaenia, alternately with the professor of poetry, were notable for their excellent Latinity and conservative sentiment. They were published in 1878, soon after his death, by his eldest son, Edward Blair Michell, with valuable notes. The work forms a sort of running commentary on the history of the university for nearly thirty years. In 1856 Michell became rector of South Moreton, Berkshire, a living in the gift of Magdalen Hall, but did not reside there. On the formation of the new hebdomadal council under the act for reforming the university in 1854, Michell was elected to a seat, and retained it by frequent re-elections until 1872.

      In 1848 Michell became vice-principal of Magdalen Hall (later Hertford College), of which Dr John David Macbride was then principal. Michell succeeded William Jacobson, afterwards bishop of Chester, who had been appointed regius professor of divinity. The hall, under the guidance of these three remarkable officers, held an important place in the university, and produced during the sixty years of its existence many distinguished men, but its very limited staff was too small for its numbers and position. In 1868 Michell succeeded Dr Macbride in the principalship, and he then began to agitate for the conversion of the hall into a college. The design assumed a definite shape in 1873, was approved by convocation, and the expenses required for passing the bill through parliament paid by subscription among the members of the hall. Before the act was passed, however, Michell received a munificent offer from T. C. Baring MP, to endow the college with a large number of fellowships and scholarships, mostly limited to members of the Church of England. This offer was accepted, and the new foundation took the name of Hertford College. Michell became the first principal of the new college in 1874, and died at his lodgings there on 29 March 1877.

      Michell was a leading manager of the Tory party in Oxford. In religion he was more or less of the evangelical school. In person he was a commanding figure. Of his several children, one daughter, Mary, married the third duke of Sutherland, and subsequently Sir Albert Rollit.

      Montagu Burrows, rev. M. C. Curthoys
      Sources
      personal knowledge (1894) - Boase, Mod. Eng. biog. Foster, Alum. Oxon.  -  V. Green, The commonwealth of Lincoln College, 1427-1977 (1979)  -  J. S. Reynolds, The evangelicals at Oxford, 1735-1871: a record of an unchronicled movement, [2nd edn] (1975)  -  J. Hutchinson, ed., A catalogue of notable Middle Templars: with brief biographical notices (1902)  -  Ward, Men of the reign
      Archives
      , corresp.  -  Hertford College, Oxford, corresp. and papers relating to election of Lord Derby as chancellor of Oxford University, and to foundation of Hertford College Bodl. Oxf.
      Likenesses
      portrait (after Edis, 1860), Hertford College, Oxford  -  portrait, repro. in The Graphic, 15 (1877), 356
      Wealth at death
      under £35,000: probate, 4 May 1877, CGPLA Eng. & Wales
      ntbl   All rights reserved: see legal notice Montagu Burrows, 'Michell, Richard (1805-1877)', rev. M. C. Curthoys, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/18660, accessed 23 Sept 2005]
      Richard Michell (1805-1877): doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/18660

  • Sources 
    1. [S5] Census 1851, England., (Ancestry. n.d.), Oxford, folio 380, page 20; digital images, Ancestry; citing PRO HO 107/1727 (Reliability: 4).

    2. [S6] Census 1861, England., (Ancestry. n.d.), Oxford, folio 76, page 17; digital images, Ancestry; citing PRO RG 9/892 (Reliability: 4).

    3. [S7] Census 1871, England., (Ancestry. n.d.), Bruton, folio 31, page 5; digital images, Ancestry; citing PRO RG 10/2427 (Reliability: 4).

    4. [S2] Visitations of the county of Devon, by Vivian.
      Ann, da & heir of John Clements of Wyke Champflower, marr 2 May 1797, d. 5 March 1843 at Bruton