Frederic Chase

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The Very Reverend Frederic Henry Chase
Memorial to Bishop Frederic Henry Chase in Ely Cathedral
Born (1853-02-21)February 21, 1853
Blackfriars, London
Died September 23, 1925(1925-09-23) (aged 72)
Normanhurst Hotel, Bexhill, Sussex
Nationality British
Alma mater Christ's College, Cambridge
Occupation Academic and Bishop of Ely
Spouse(s) Charlotte Elizabeth (m. 1877)

The Very Reverend Frederic Henry Chase (21 February 1853, London – 23 September 1925, Bexhill) was a British academic and Bishop of Ely.


The only son of the Revd Charles Frederic Chase, rector of St Andrew by the Wardrobe and St Anne Blackfriars, and Susan Mary Alliston. Chase was educated at King's College School, London and Christ's College, Cambridge, graduating in classics in 1876 after receiving the Powys Medal the previous year.[1]

He was ordained deacon in 1876 and priest in 1877, and briefly worked as Curate of Sherborne before returning to Cambridge in 1879[2] He was a lecturer in divinity at Pembroke College, Cambridge from 1881 to 1890, and at Christ's College from 1893. In 1884 he became tutor of the Clergy Training School at Westcott House, Cambridge, and in 1887 became Principal of the School.[2] In late 1901 Chase was elected President of Queens' College, Cambridge and the following November he was also elected Norris Professor of Divinity.[2]

Three years later, in 1905, he was consecrated as Bishop of Ely. He resigned as bishop in 1924 and died in 1925.


Chase was known for research into the Bezan and Syro-Latin texts, including the Codex Bezae.[2]


  1. "Chase, Frederic (CHS871FH)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "University intelligence" The Times (London). Thursday, 14 November 1901. (36612), p. 11.

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Herbert Edward Ryle
President of Queens' College, Cambridge
Succeeded by
Thomas Cecil Fitzpatrick
Preceded by
Adolphus William Ward
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge
Succeeded by
Edward Anthony Beck
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Lord Alwyne Compton
Bishop of Ely
1905 – 1924
Succeeded by
Leonard Jauncey White-Thomson