- Randall Davidson
Infobox Archbishop of Canterbury|
Full name = Randall Davidson
caption = Randall Thomas Davidson, by
Leslie Ward, 1901.
began = 1903
term_end = 1928
April 7, 1848
May 25, 1930
tomb = Anglican Portal
Randall Thomas Davidson, 1st Baron Davidson of Lambeth, KCVO (
April 7, 1848– May 25, 1930) was an Anglican clergyman of Scottish origin who served as Archbishop of Canterburyfrom 1903 to 1928.
He studied at
Harrow Schooland University of Oxfordand served as chaplainto Archibald Campbell Taitwhen Tait was Archbishop of Canterburyand married Tait's daughter. After Tait's death he remained at Lambeth Palaceas Chaplain to Edward White Bensonwhen he became Archbishop of Canterbury. A favourite of Queen Victoria, Davidson was appointed Dean of Windsorat a very young age. He was subsequently Bishop of Rochesterand Bishop of Winchesterbefore becoming Archbishop of Canterbury in 1903.
He played a major part in the funeral ceremonies for Queen Victoria in 1901, taking care, along with Dr.
James Reid, of the wake at Osborne House, Isle of Wight. He was the first Archbishop of Canterbury to retire, all his predecessors having died in office.
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