Francis Jeune

Francis Jeune

Bishop of Peterborough
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Diocese Diocese of Peterborough
In office 1864–1868
Predecessor George Davys
Successor William Connor Magee
Other post(s) Dean of Jersey (1838–1844)
Dean of Lincoln (1864)
Personal details
Born (1806-05-22)22 May 1806
Saint Aubin, Jersey
Died 21 August 1868(1868-08-21) (aged 62)
Buried Peterborough Cathedral
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Spouse Margaret Dyne Symons (m.1836)
Children Francis Jeune, 1st Baron St Helier
Alma mater Pembroke College, Oxford
Monument to Bishop Francis Jeune, Peterborough Cathedral

Francis Jeune (22 May 1806 – 21 August 1868), also known as François Jeune, was a Jersey-born academic and churchman who served as Dean of Jersey (1838–1844) Master of Pembroke College, Oxford (1844–1864) and Bishop of Peterborough (1864–1868).[1]


Born at Saint Aubin, Jersey and educated at Rennes, Jeune proceeded to Pembroke College, Oxford as a scholar in 1822, graduating BA in 1827 (MA in 1830), BCL and DCL in 1834. He was a Fellow of Pembroke 1830–1837.

In 1832 Jeune travelled to Canada as secretary to Sir John Colborne, the Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada (and subsequently Commander-in-Chief of the Canadian forces and Governor General of Canada), and as tutor to Colborne's sons.

Jeune was Chief Master of King Edward's School, Birmingham from 1835 to 1838, rebuilding the school buildings and reforming the curriculum. Since 1951 Jeune House has been named after him, competing in the school's annual Cock House Championship.

In 1838 Jeune was appointed Dean of Jersey and Rector of the Parish Church of St Helier. He participated actively in the founding of Victoria College, Jersey.

Jeune returned to Oxford as Master of Pembroke College in 1844. He was instrumental in academic reforms at Oxford, and from 1850 served on the seven-man Royal Committee of Inquiry into the state of Oxford and its colleges, the committee's report leading to the reforming Oxford University Act 1854. He was Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University from 1858 to 1862.

Appointed Dean of Lincoln in January 1864, Jeune soon vacated that office when appointed Bishop of Peterborough. Jeune was consecrated as bishop on St Peter's Day 1864, by Charles Longley, Archbishop of Canterbury at Canterbury Cathedral.[2]

He died on 21 August 1868. A monument to his memory was erected on a column at the east end of Peterborough Cathedral.


His son Francis Henry Jeune became Baron St Hélier.


  1. ^ J. H. C. Leach, Jeune, Francis (1806–1868), Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, September 2004. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/14806
  2. ^ "Church news: consecration of three bishops in Canterbury Cathedral". Church Times (#74). 2 July 1864. p. 213. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 15 December 2014 – via UK Press Online archives.

See also

  Boase, G. C. (1892). "Jeune, Francis". In Lee, Sidney (ed.). Dictionary of National Biography. 29. London: Smith, Elder & Co.

Academic offices
Preceded by Master of Pembroke College, Oxford
Succeeded by
Preceded by Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University
Succeeded by
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Corbet Hue
Dean of Jersey
Succeeded by
William Le Breton
Preceded by Dean of Lincoln
Succeeded by
Preceded by Bishop of Peterborough
Succeeded by

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