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Hunt, William, 1842-1931 (Church historian)



  • Existence: 3 March 1842-1931

Rev. William Hunt was the son of the Rev. William Hunt, a vicar of Holy Trinity, Weston-super-Mare, and was born on 3 March 1842. He was educated at Harrow School during Charles Vaughan's headmastership, and then went up to Trinity College, Oxford, taking a second class in Classical Moderations in 1862, and a first in the old school of Law and Modern history in 1864. He was ordained in 1865 as curate to his father, and two years later he was appointed vicar of Congresbury, Somerset. In 1877-1879 and 1881-1882 he was also examiner in the School of Modern history at Oxford.
In 1882 Hunt resigned his living and from there on devoted himself to literature. He was a frequent contributor to the Saturday Review, and to the Dictionary of National Biography, mostly for the biographies of the great English divines. In 1888 he published The English Church in the Middle Ages, and in 1893, for the Somerset Record Society, The Chartularies of Bath Priory. He was joint editor with Dr. Stephens, Dean of Winchester, to A History of the English Church; his own contribution was the first volume which deals with the English Church from its foundation to the Norman conquest. A few years later he joint-edited The Political History of England with Reginald Lane Poole, in twelve volumes. He was also the joint-editor of the series Historic Towns, and in 1907 he published a hisotry of the Irish Parliament of 1775.
William Hunt was also the president of the Royal Historical Society from 1905 to 1909, a D.Litt of his university, and an honorary Fellow of his college. He died in 1931 at the age of 90.
Source: contemporary obituary published upon his death in 1931. Newspaper clipping donated as the same time as Coll-79, with no indication of the newspaper's name.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Letters from Professor George Saintsbury to Rev. William Hunt

 Fonds — Box: CLX-A-1692
Identifier: Coll-2020
Content Description This collection consists of typescript letters sent by Professor George Saintsbury to Rev. William Hunt D Litt., arranged in chronological order, dating from 1895 to 1932. The subjects of these letters are diverse, from family and personal matters, to literature and political discussions. First lot: "Letters Christmas Eve 1895 to Dec. 1917. Autograph letters and typescript copies of these letters have been sent...
Dates: 1895-1932