Clement-Jones family - Person Sheet
Clement-Jones family - Person Sheet
NameCanon David MELVILLE , 6638
EducationBrasenose College Oxford
FatherDavid MELVILLE , 11530 (1785-)
MotherElizabeth , 11531 (1801-)
1Emma HILL , 6641
MotherEmma STOCK , 6648
ChildrenHelen Mary “May” , 5374 (1853-1940)
 William Ward , 6649 (1851-1927)
 Beresford Valentine “Berry” , 6652 (1857-1931)
Notes for Canon David MELVILLE
Canon of Worcester Cathedral

The first Principal of Bishop Hatfield's Hall, David Melville, was born in 1813. He was educated at Shrewsbury School (1829-32) and at Brasenose College, Oxford, where he was a Scholar from 1832 to 1835. At Oxford he graduated as BA in 1836, and received an MA in 1839. He became a deacon at Oxford in 1840 and was ordained priest at Durham in 1844, having been appointed Tutor of Durham University two years earlier.

From 1846 to 1851 he was the youthful, progressive Principal of Bishop Hatfield's Hall, who devised and successfully put into effect the new system of university residence. About his marriage in 1848 we know very little, except that he had children. This was one of the factors which eventually lead to his resignation from Hatfield. While still Tutor at Durham, Melville was inducted as Rector of Shelsey Beauchamp in Worcestershire (1845) with a licence of non-residence from the Bishop.

On his departure from Durham in 1851, Melville withdrew to Worcester, where he was immediately made an Honorary Canon, and retained the living of Shelsey for a further six years. He then became Rector of Great Whitley in the same county and diocese.

Subsequently, he was Rural Dean of Worcester 1865-92, Canon of Worcester Cathedral 1881-1902, Sub-Dean and Examining Chaplain to the Bishop from 1886, was awarded an honorary DD by Durham University in 1882. He died at Worcester in 1904 at the age of 91 years.
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