Arthur Wellesley Batson

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Born: 1852

Died: 1917


Rev. Arthur Wellesley Batson studied at Oxford and Cuddesdon Theological College earning degrees in music and theology. He became deacon in 1881 and priest in 1882. He was Curate of Whitbourne, 1881-82; Precentor at St. Anne’s, Soho, 1882-86; and Rector of Ringstead, 1888-1902. His compositions include a sacred cantata, “The Vineyard”; music to Fletcher’s pastoral, “The Faithful shepherdess”; and a comic operetta, “The burglar and the bishop.” He also published anthems, services, madrigals, songs, and part-songs. He seems to have been an artist, exhibiting a landscape at the Grosvenor Gallery in 1890, and he corresponded with American painter James Whistler. A descendent of the Duke of Buckingham, in 1906 he announced he would become “King of Lundy” (a large island off the coast of Devon) but abandoned the purchase of the island in 1907.

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