Rev Dr Francis Pigou


Rev Dr Francis Pigou was born in Germany of English parents.

He was educated at Trinity College, Dublin, and was ordained in 1855.

He held posts in Oxfordshire, Paris, London, and Doncaster, and had been Chaplain in Ordinary to the Queen before Mr Disraeli appointed him Rural Dean and then Vicar of Halifax [1875-1889]. Because of difficulties and local opposition to the Vicar Rate, the living had been vacant for some time following the death of Charles Musgrave. The post was declined by Dean Farrar – who even refused to visit the town – and by Rev Henry White. Even Pigou initially turned down the invitation to become Vicar, but he accepted after repeated requests from Disraeli. See Halifax Race Course.

In 18??, he married (1) Unknown.

In 1889, he married (2) Unknown.

The interior of the Parish Church was transformed during his incumbency.

He held missions in England and in the United States, which he visited in 1885.

He went on to become Dean of Chichester, and then Dean of Bristol.

In 1890, he was appointed a chaplain-in-ordinary to Queen Victoria.

He published 2 autobiographical works

and several works and sermons, including

In his autobiography, he mentioned

the high square pews in which it was whispered in my ears that rubbers of whist were sometimes played

See Rev Henry White

© Malcolm Bull 2019
Revised 15:46 /21st March 2019 / mmp195 / 5409

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