See also:bishop, was
See also:born at Prestbury, in
See also:Gloucestershire, on the 18th of
See also:August 1818, and was educated at
See also:Shrewsbury, and Lincoln
See also:Oxford . In 1839 he was
See also:scholar, and took a first class . In 1840 he gained an Oriel fellowship, and was for some
See also:time tutor of the college, but did not take orders until 1846 . He was successively
See also:vicar of Cholderton, in
See also:Wiltshire, and rector of Ufton Nervet, in
See also:Berkshire; but his subsequent importance was largely due to W . K .
See also:Hamilton, bishop of
See also:Salisbury, who recommended him as an assistant
See also:commissioner of
See also:education . His
See also:report on the educational
See also:condition of thirteen poor-
See also:law unions, made in May 1859, was described by
See also:Hughes as " a superb, almost a unique piece of
See also:work." In 1865 he was commissioned to report on the state of education in the
See also:United States and
See also:Canada, and his able performance of this task brought him an offer of the bishopric of
See also:Calcutta, which he declined, but in
See also:January 1870 he accepted the see of Manchester . The task before him was an arduous one, for although his predecessor,
See also:Lee, had consecrated no fewer than 130 churches, the enormous population was still greatly in advance of the ecclesiastical machinery .
See also:Fraser worked with the utmost energy, and did even more for the
See also:church by the liberality and geniality which earned him the title of " the bishop of all de-nominations." He was prominent in secular as well as religious
See also:works, interesting himself in every
See also:movement that promoted
See also:health, morality, or education; and especially serviceable as the friendly, unofficious counsellor of all classes . His
See also:theology was that of a liberal high-churchman, and his sympathies were broad . In convocation he seconded a motion for the disuse of the Athanasian Creed, and in the
See also:House of Lords he voted for the abolition of university tests . He died suddenly on the 22nd of
See also:October 1885 .
Abiography by Thomas Hughes was published in 1887, and an account of his
See also:life by J . W . Diggle (1889), who also edited 2 vols. of University and Parochial Sermons (1887) .
ALEXANDER CAMPBELL FRASER (1819– )
JAMES BAILLIE FRASER (1783--1856)
James Fraser was the subject of my thesis for an MEd at Manchester. Initially I focussed on his work for education which I then was asked to develop. In my later research I looked at the whole of his life and work and presented it for my PhD. He had been spoken of as having a narrow view of education, not true, and Messenger in his book follows the lead of earlier historians even labelling him as a conservative. A summary of my findings was published by the History of Education Society. It presented a reappraisal of his work for education
In my earleir feedback I might have added that apart from his work on the Newcastle and the Taunton commission, Fraser was on the Commission looking imto the conditions of women and children in agriculture. This linked into his work on education and brought him into contact with early rural cooperatives. He later became a staunch supporter of the Co-opertive movement which forged a connection with Hughes.
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