Born 16th November 1844 - Died 25th March 1920



The fifth son of Archdeacon Philip Jacob, he was born at the Rectory, Crawley, in Hampshire, on 16th November 1844, and died on 25th March 1920.

He was educated at Winchester College and at New College Oxford, of which he was a scholar, matriculating in 1863. In 1865 he was awarded 1st Class Honours, in 1867 3rd Class Lit Hum, BA in 1868, MA in 1870, DD by Diploma in 1895, Hon DD (Durham) in 1896.

He was ordained Deacon in 1868, Curate of Taynton, Oxfordshire in 1868-1869; priest in 1869 (Oxford), curate of Whitney in 1869-1871, of St James Bermondsey in 1871-1872; Domestic Chaplain to Bishop Milman of Calcutta in 1872-1876, Commissary of Calcutta in 1876-1888; examining Chaplain to Bishop Harold Browne of Winchester in 1876-1891; Vicar of Portsea in 1878-1896, Hon Canon of Winchester in 1884-1890, Hon Chaplain to Queen Victoria in 1878-1896, Chaplain in Ordinary in 1890-1896, Chaplain to Bishop Thorold of Winchester in 1891-1895, to Bishop Davidson of Winchester 1895-1896, Rural Dean of Landport and Chaplain to HM Prison Kingston, Portsmouth in 1892-1896, Proctor of Hampshire and Isle of Wight and Select Preacher at Oxford 1895-1896, Lord Bishop of Newcastle in 1896-1903, consecrated 25th January 1896 by the Archbiship of York and Bishops of Durham, Carlisle, Wakefield, Bath, Wells, Chichester, Beverley and Bishop Selwyn. Trans to St Albans 1903. He remained Bishop there until 1919.

For a fuller account of his life see the Dictionary of National Biography.

A Biography is in preparation.


The Bishop of Southwark, the work of a great parish - by Dr Garbett
The life of W H Smith
CMS Reports
History of the Families of Jacob, by Glascott and Jacob, 1875
Jacob MSS
Dictionary of National Biography

TC & EC Jack, The Plantagenet Roll of the Blood Royal, The Anne of Exeter Volume, London 1907.


Books written by Edgar Jacob Books written by Edgar Jacob

Photo album

Sample of handwriting A sample of handwriting

An address given on the life of Bishop Edgar Jacob on the occasion of the unveiling of a memorial tablet to him at St Nicholas Cathedral, Newcastle