Stuart Majendie

Stuart Majendie was the vicar of Cocking for less than a year from mid-1859 to mid-1860. His “reign” followed two long-serving vicars who clocked up over 60 years between them. Likewise, his two successors were in post for a combined period of 67 years.

His father, Henry William Majendie, was Bishop of Chester from 1800 to 1809 and then Bishop of Bangor until his death in 1830.

Stuart Majendie was born on 20 October 1799 at Windsor Castle, where his father, Henry William Majendie was the vicar of the collegiate church. Stuart was the fourth of six sons (and seven daughters) born to Reverend Henry Majendie (1754–1830) and his wife, Anne née Routledge (1754–1839).

In 1814, Stuart was admitted to Eton College from where he matriculated on 28 January 1819. He was a student at Christ College, University of Oxford, graduating as Bachelor of Arts in 1822.

On 2 September 1822, he was ordained as a deacon at Bangor Cathedral in North Wales where his father was now Bishop. He was ordained as a priest on 30 November 1823, following which he was inducted as vicar of Longdon, near Lichfield, Staffordshire.

On 1 June 1824, he was appointed as rector to the parish of Llanrhydlad with Llanfflewyn and Llanrhwydrys in Anglesey. He was still recorded as rector at Llanrhydlad in 1839.

On 13 October 1835, 35-year old Stuart Majendie married 17-year old Mary Angelina Hughes at St Helens, Lancashire. She was the daughter of Michael Hughes, a Welsh industrialist and mine owner, of Sherdley Hall, Prescot. The service was conducted by Stuart’s brother, Henry William Majendie, Vicar of Speen near Newbury in Berkshire.

Stuart and Mary Majendie had 13 children (five sons and eight daughters) all born at Longdon and baptised at St. James the Great Church there, as follows:

Mary Anne Stuart                  5 April 1837

Ellen Amelia                             12 July 1838

Henrietta Margaret              2 October 1839

Stuart                                         22 April 1841

William Francis Henry       2 October 1842

Mary Emma                            3 March 1844

Rhoda                                        26 October 1845

Agnes Anne                            17 January 1847

Stuart Routledge                 23 July 1848

Charles Clinton                  20 January 1850

Isabel Ada                             7 March 1852

George John                        10 September 1853

Constance Katherine        2 December 1855

Two of the sons died young: the first-born Stuart died on 4 June 1847, aged 6, at Speen Vicarage, the home of his uncle, Revd. Henry William Majendie. George died in 1867, aged 13, at Alverstoke in Hampshire.

Stuart’s wife, Mary died in Brighton on 1 April 1857, aged 38.

Stuart Majendie remained at Longdon until June 1859, when he transferred to Cocking, following the death of Thomas Valentine in March, with Revd. Joseph Boord Ansted replacing him at Longdon.

After less than a year at Cocking, in May 1860 he was appointed rector at St Andrew and All Saints’ Church, Barnwell in Northamptonshire, where his successor at Cocking, Revd. Richard Drummond Ash, had been curate. The rectory, in the gift of the Duke of Buccleuch, had an annual value of £350.

At the time of the 1871 census, Stuart (aged 71) was living at Barnwell Rectory with his four youngest daughters and youngest surviving son, Charles, and four staff.

Later that year, Stuart Majendie was on a trip to Bavaria where he died at Berchtesgaden on 28 September. The cause of death was recorded as “typhus fever”.



1841 England Census

1851 England Census

1871 England Census

Anglesey, Wales, Electoral Registers, 1832-1977

England, Select Births and Christenings, 1538–1975

England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966

Eton School Lists, 1791-1850

Lancashire, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1936

Oxford University Alumni, 1500-1886

UK, City and County Directories

UK, Crockford’s Clerical Directories

Brighton Gazette. 14 July 1859. Ecclesiastical appointments

Cambridge Independent Press. 2 June 1860. Ecclesiastical appointments

Chelmsford Chronicle. 6 October 1871. Deaths

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Cocking History Group (2005). A Short History of Cocking. p.32

The Globe.

3 April 1857. Died

5 October 1871. Ecclesiastical vacancies

Reading Mercury: 12 June 1847. Died

Staffordshire Advertiser. 8 April 1857. Deaths

Staffordshire Tithe Awards Index, 1836 – 1845