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 Sydney Smith

Sydney Smith

Birth
Woodford, London Borough of Redbridge, Greater London, England
Death 22 Feb 1845 (aged 73)
Newham, London Borough of Newham, Greater London, England
Burial Kensal Green, London Borough of Brent, Greater London, England
Memorial ID 9427 · View Source
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English writer and clergyman. Born into a prosperous family, the second of four brothers and one sister, all remarkable for their talents. His brothers were sent to Eton, but Sydney was sent to Winchester moving to New College, Oxford afterwards. He planned to read for the bar, but his father disagreed, and he was reluctantly compelled to take holy orders. He was ordained at Oxford in 1796, and became curate of the village of Netheravon. In 1800, he published his first book, Six Sermons, preached in Charlotte Street Chapel, Edinburgh, and in the same year, married, against the wishes of her friends, Catharine Amelia Pybus. Between 1803 and 1809 he lived in London where he made his mark both as preacher and lecturer. By then he was a prominent member of Whig political circles. In 1828 he was presented with a prebendary in Bristol Cathedral. People were queueing up outside the Cathedral when it was known that he was to preach. In 1831 he became a Canon Residentiary of St Pauls Cathedral in London. He was as eager a champion of parliamentary reform as he had been of Catholic emancipation. He died at his house in Green Street, London and was buried at Kensal Green. His memory still lives due to his rhyming recipe for salad dressing.

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  • Added: 20 May 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9427
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sydney Smith (3 Jun 1771–22 Feb 1845), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9427, citing Kensal Green Cemetery, Kensal Green, London Borough of Brent, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .