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Reconciliation and Revival: Bishop Daniel Sandford of Edinburgh, 1766–1830

Reconciliation and Revival: Bishop Daniel Sandford of Edinburgh, 1766–1830 Reconciliation and Revival: Bishop Daniel Sandford of Edinburgh, 1766-1830 ELEANOR HARRIS Introduction Daniel Sandford, Bishop of Edinburgh from 1806 until his death in 1830, was one of the less showy figures of Regency Edinburgh. This reassessment reconstructs his roles first in reunification of the Scottish Episcopal Church, and second in the foundation of the Edinburgh Lancastrian Schools, the city’s first step towards universal primary education. Both projects demonstrate Sandford’s commitment to Enlightenment universalism: Episcopal union was regarded as a considerable personal risk, and Lancastrian education was a surprising collaboration with progressive Whigs and evangelical Presbyterians. The third section of the paper uses these events, with Sandford’s published writings and diocesan ministry, to explore his theology. Sandford combined episcopalianism with evangelical faith more successfully than many contemporaries. Accounts of Edinburgh’s ‘golden age’ and of early Victorian religion have underestimated his significance and likely influence. His belief in the power of education made him the dedicated teacher of generations of young influential men and women whose spirituality was formed by Britain’s first evangelical bishop. ‘Edinburgh Lancastrian Schools’ was how the founders labelled their project; ‘Lancasterian education’ is the conventional modern spelling for the system. Records of the Scottish Church History Society http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Scottish Church History Edinburgh University Press

Reconciliation and Revival: Bishop Daniel Sandford of Edinburgh, 1766–1830

Scottish Church History , Volume 42 (1): 39 – Jun 1, 2013

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Edinburgh University Press
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2516-6298
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2516-6301
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10.3366/sch.2013.0003
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Reconciliation and Revival: Bishop Daniel Sandford of Edinburgh, 1766-1830 ELEANOR HARRIS Introduction Daniel Sandford, Bishop of Edinburgh from 1806 until his death in 1830, was one of the less showy figures of Regency Edinburgh. This reassessment reconstructs his roles first in reunification of the Scottish Episcopal Church, and second in the foundation of the Edinburgh Lancastrian Schools, the city’s first step towards universal primary education. Both projects demonstrate Sandford’s commitment to Enlightenment universalism: Episcopal union was regarded as a considerable personal risk, and Lancastrian education was a surprising collaboration with progressive Whigs and evangelical Presbyterians. The third section of the paper uses these events, with Sandford’s published writings and diocesan ministry, to explore his theology. Sandford combined episcopalianism with evangelical faith more successfully than many contemporaries. Accounts of Edinburgh’s ‘golden age’ and of early Victorian religion have underestimated his significance and likely influence. His belief in the power of education made him the dedicated teacher of generations of young influential men and women whose spirituality was formed by Britain’s first evangelical bishop. ‘Edinburgh Lancastrian Schools’ was how the founders labelled their project; ‘Lancasterian education’ is the conventional modern spelling for the system. Records of the Scottish Church History Society

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Scottish Church HistoryEdinburgh University Press

Published: Jun 1, 2013

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