Augustus Duncombe

The Hon and Very Rev Augustus Duncombe, DD[1] (2 November 1814 – 26 January 1880) was Dean of York from 1858[2] until his death.[3]


Duncombe was born the seventh child and fifth son of Charles Duncombe, 1st Baron Feversham[4] and educated at Worcester College, Oxford.[5] He was Rector of Kirby Misperton then Prebendary of Bole before his appointment as Dean. During his tenure the approach to York Minster from the south-west was widened by the construction of a spacious approach,[6] which was named Duncombe Place in his honour.[7]

Marriage and childrenEdit

Duncombe married, on 13 May 1841, Lady Harriet Christian Douglas (1809-1902),[8] the second child of Charles Douglas, 6th Marquess of Queensberry. Lady Harriet Duncombe died in London on 26 July 1902, at the age of 93.[9] They had two sons:

  • Major Alfred Charles Duncombe, JP (1843–1925), who was High Sheriff of Staffordshire in 1883; married Lady Anne Florence Adelaide Montagu (d.1940), daughter of the 7th Earl of Sandwich; and died without issue.
  • Major Adolphus Montagu Duncombe, JP (1852–1904), Yorkshire Hussars; married Beatrice Dorothy Mary Bridgeman-Simpson (d.1936), daughter of Rev. William Bridgman-Simpson by Lady Frances Laura Wentworth Fitzwilliam (who was a daughter of the 5th Earl FitzWilliam); and died without issue.


  1. ^ "University Intelligence". The Times (23275). London, England. 8 April 1859. p. 12.
  2. ^ "Installation Of The (New) Dean Of York". The Times (23015). London, England. 9 June 1858. p. 5.
  3. ^ "Death of the Dean of York". The York Herald (7161). York, England. 27 January 1880. p. 5. 19th Century British Library Newspapers: Part II
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  5. ^ "University and Clergical Intelligence". The Standard (2805). London, England. 6 May 1836. 19th Century British Library Newspapers: Part II.
  6. ^ York Stories
  7. ^ "Deans Of York". The Times (44179). London, England. 26 January 1926. p. 17.
  8. ^ NPG details
  9. ^ "Obituary". The Times (36831). London. 28 July 1902. p. 5.
Church of England titles
Preceded by
William Cockburn
Dean of York
Succeeded by
Arthur Percival Purey-Cust