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OLLIVANT , ALFRED ( 1798 - 1882 ), bishop ;

b. at Manchester 16 Aug. 1798 , son of William Ollivant of Manchester and Elizabeth his wife. He was educated at S. Paul's School , London , and Trinity College , Cambridge , where he had an outstanding academic career. Elected Fellow of his college, he took his M.A. in 1824 , and B.D. and D.D. in 1836 . In 1827 he was elected vice-principal of S. David's College , Lampeter , and remained there till 1843 . For the next six years he was regius professor of divinity at Cambridge , and in 1849 he was appointed bishop of Llandaff , holding the see till his death at Llandaff on 16 Dec. 1882 . He was buried in the cathedral churchyard. He m. Alicia , daughter of lieutenant-general Spencer of Branley Grange , Yorkshire , who, together with three sons, survived him. Ollivant put an end to the tradition of episcopal non-residence in Llandaff , restored the cathedral, built or restored 170 churches, and improved seventy parsonage houses in the diocese.

Sources:

  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Author:

Thomas Iorwerth Ellis, M.A., (1899-1970), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959