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Rev Henry Jardine Bidder, MA, BD

Rev Henry Jardine Bidder, MA, BD

Male 1847 - 1923  (76 years)

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  • Name Henry Jardine Bidder 
    Prefix Rev 
    Suffix MA, BD 
    Born 1847  Mitcham, Surrey Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Baptism 22 Apr 1848  Mitcham, Surrey Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Census 1851  Mitcham Hall, Mitcham, Surrey Find all individuals with events at this location 
    age 3, son 
    Census 1861  Mitcham Hall, Mitcham, Surrey Find all individuals with events at this location 
    scholar, age 13, son 
    University 1866  University of Oxford Find all individuals with events at this location 
    matric, Corpus Christi College, age 19 
    University 1867  University of Oxford Find all individuals with events at this location 
    scholar, University College 
    University 1871  University of Oxford Find all individuals with events at this location 
    BA 
    University 1871  University of Oxford Find all individuals with events at this location 
    fellow, St Johns College 
    University 1873  University of Oxford Find all individuals with events at this location 
    MA 
    University 1873  University of Oxford Find all individuals with events at this location 
    tutor 
    University 1877  University of Oxford Find all individuals with events at this location 
    BD 
    University 1878  University of Oxford Find all individuals with events at this location 
    dean of arts 
    Occupation 1880  Holberton, Devon Find all individuals with events at this location 
    vicar 
    Census 1881  Holberton, Devon Find all individuals with events at this location 
    clerk in holy orders, age 32, head 
    Census 1891  Museum Road, St Giles, Oxfordshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    clerk in holy orders, age 42, head 
    Died 19 Oct 1923 
    • The Times 20 Oct 1923
      AN OXFORD BURSAR. DEATH OF MR. H. J. BIDDER
      We regret to announce that the Rev. Henry Jardine Bidder, B.D., Fellow and for twenty-one years Bursar of St. John's College, Oxford, and formerly vicar of St. Giles, died yesterday, aged 76. The Bursars of Oxford and Cambridge colleges form a very interesting class. They are generally men of ability who have won their position by excellence in academic pursuits, but have been able to combine with these gifts for business, finance, estate management, and sometimes domestic economy too. Among the most conspicuous of recent times has certainly been Mr. Bidder, who was Fellow of St. John's College for fifty years. During that period he had a very various career. He was a remarkable man and the son of a remarkable father, the once-famous "calculating boy," Mr. George Parker Bidder, whose genius raised him from being a child of a stonemason at Moretonhampstead to be one of the most conspicuous and successful engineers and railways experts of the period when most of the great English railways were being constructed. Mr. H. J. Bidder, born at Mitcham, Surrev, in 1847, was sent to Harrow, whence he matriculated at Corpus Christi College, but, winning a scholarship at " Univ.," proceeded -to that college, where he took a Second in Moderations in 1868 and a First in the Final School of Lit. Hum. in 1870. In 1873 he was elected to a Fellowship at St. John's. He took Orders and became at once curator of St. Giles, and held this office for two years, during the latter of which he was also tutor at St. John's, when he moved into the country, undertaking the pleasant vicarage of Fyfield, which he held till 1878. He remained, however, lecturer of St. John's, and soon came back into residence and devoted himself to study and teaching in philosophy, for which his subtle, logical mind had a special penchant, being for some time lecturer at Magdalen College as well as at his own. In 1880 he acted as examiner in the Final Classical Schools, and in the same year -migrated to his father's county, Devonshire, as vicar of Holberton, where he remained for five years. The year 1885, however, saw him once more back in Oxford, and in 1887 once more a city incumbent, for he now became vicar of St. Giles, Oxford, which post he held from 1887 to 1903. He also acted as Select Preacher to the University in 1891-92, and again in 1904-05, and he published some of his sermons under the title of " No Continuing City and other Sermons," 1893, and "De Docta Ignorantia," 1904.
      Keen and restless both in intellect and in temper, he seemed at last to find his' real interest in the financial service of his college. Naturally one of the richest of Oxford foundations, and deriving a rapidly increasing revenue from the growth of North Oxford, St. John's had continued somewhat long on an old- fashioned footing, and had further been unfortunate in its business personel. When the early eighties found it financially very seriously depressed, Mr. Bidder came to the rescue, and its history since then has been one of continued prosperity. Of an ingenious, independent, and discriminating intellect, Mr. Bidder was at the same time eminently practical. In his conversation there was a satirical vein which also showed itself in. and gave pungency to, his sermons. But he was a man of depth and piety, and- if occasionally "sharp ' in temper, yet he was essentially of a kindly and friendly, if critical, disposition, and he was notably " given to hospitality." He was no doubt not a little influenced by the company and the example of his chief, Dr. Belamy, whom at one time it seemed, likely he might succeed.
      A good college bursar is able also to help the University in many ways, direct and indirect. Mr. Bidder, besides increasing the college contribution to the University Chest by increasing the college revenues, espoused, as was natural, the cause of agriculture and of forestry in the University. He promoted the re-endowment of the Sibthorpian Professorship of "Rural Economy," to give it its old Oxford style, and he served on the Forestry Delegacy. He was also a very valuable Curator of the Botanic Garden. For in one thing at least-his name suggests that it was hereditary-he excelled all his compeers and contemporaries the earliest of arts, instituted, like marriage, in the time of man's innocency. Under his hands the beautiful garden of St. John's became a paradise. It contained a far larger number of species than that of any other college; its rockery and rock-plants in particular were a joy to all beholders and a special pride of Oxford.
    Person ID I3034  Potter
    Last Modified 14 Sep 2009 

    Father George Parker Bidder,   b. 13 Jun 1806, Moretonhampstead, Newton Abbott, Devon Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Sep 1878, Ravensbury, Dartmouth Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Mother Georgina Warren Harby,   b. 12 Jun 1808, Bermondsey, London Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Dec 1884, Kingbridge, Devon Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Family ID F96  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsUniversity - matric, Corpus Christi College, age 19 - 1866 - University of Oxford Link to Google Earth
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  • Documents
    Henry Jardine Bidder, Oxford alumni
    Henry Jardine Bidder, Oxford alumni

  • Notes 
    • (Research):Bidder, Henry Jardine (1847-1923)
      - Son of GPB and Georgina Harbey/Harby: 8-9

      The Bidders raised eight children; the eldest, a son also called George Parker Bidder (1836'961896), became a QC, specializing in parliamentary work. Their other son was ordained and, as bursar of St John's College, Oxford, successfully retrieved the college's finances.

      Reel 8 of 8, England, Oxford horse drawn coach passing by, Ruth in the Henry Jardine Bidder B.D. memorial garden,

      Re: Henry-Jardine Bidder, UK
      Cathy Posted: 8 Oct 2006
      Surnames: Bidder Stanton Harrison Harby Bolton
      I have since realized that the name Jardine must have been in honor of Sir Henry Jardine, who assisted in the education of George Parker Bidder, Henry Bidder's father. Just as John Harrison Stanton and Elizabeth Harby (Bidder)'s daughter, Lizzy Stephenson Stanton was named in honor of Robert Stephenson. Robert spent a great deal of time with G.P. Bidder and his family, getting to know G.P's daughter, Lizzie, quite well. This "Lizzie" was the Elizabeth Harby Bidder who married John Harrison Stanton. They were my GG Grandparents.

  • Sources 
    1. [S49] birth i3034.

    2. [S48] christening i3034.