Charles Sydney Gibbes

Charles Sydney Gibbes

Rotherham, Metropolitan Borough of Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England
Death 24 Mar 1963 (aged 87)
St Pancras, London Borough of Camden, Greater London, England
Burial Headington, City of Oxford, Oxfordshire, England
Memorial ID 75368143 · View Source
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English tutor of Tsarevich Alexei Nikolaevich of Russia. Later in his life he became an Orthodox monk, adopting the name of Nicholas after Saint Nicholas The Passion Bearer. After his return to Britain he became a prominent figure in Orthodoxy in Britain. he took the Moral Sciences Tripos at St John's College, Cambridge, gaining a BA in 1899. He entered upon theological studies in Cambridge and Salisbury in preparation for holy orders but realised that he had no religious vocation. Having talent for languages, he decided to teach English abroad. In 1901 he went to Saint Petersburg, Russia, as tutor to the Shidlovsky family and then the Soukanoff family. He was then appointed to the staff of the Imperial School of Law, and by 1907 he was qualified as vice-president and committee member of the Saint Petersburg Guild of English Teachers. He came to the attention of Tsarina Alexandra and in 1908 was invited as a tutor to improve the accents of the Grand Duchesses Olga and Tatiana; and subsequently Maria and Anastasia. In 1913 he became tutor to Tsarevich Alexei. The children referred to him as Sydney Ivanovich.


The Very Reverend Archimandrite Nicholas. (Sydney Gibbes, M.A.)


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