Daniel Sandford (Bishop of Tasmania)

Daniel Fox Sandford, FRSE (25 July 1831 – 20 August 1906)[1] was the Anglican Bishop of Tasmania from 1883[2] until 1889.[3]

Memorial to Rev Daniel Fox Sandford, St John's, Edinburgh
Daniel Fox Sandford's grave, St Johns, Princes Street, Edinburgh


He was born in Glasgow on 25 July 1831 the son of Professor (later Sir) Daniel Kyte Sandford, professor of Greek at Glasgow University, and his wife "Miss Charnock". His paternal grandfather was Daniel Sandford, Bishop of Edinburgh.

He studied Divinity at Glasgow University and was ordained in 1854.

He was Chaplain to the Bishop of Edinburgh. During this time he lived at Ashfield Cottage on Greenhill Gardens in western Edinburgh.[4] In 1864 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. His proposer was Peter Guthrie Tait.[5]

Subsequently a vicar,[6] then canon within the Edinburgh area he was elevated to the colonial episcopate in 1883, with the title of Bishop of Tasmania.[7] Returning to Great Britain six years later he became Rector of Boldon and coadjutor bishop to Joseph Lightfoot and Brooke Foss Westcott, two successive Bishops of Durham[8] for thirteen years.[9] He retired as Rector of Boldon and as assistant bishop in late 1902, owing to his poor health.[10]

He is buried in the upper terrace of St John's Church at the west end of Princes Street in Edinburgh.


His brothers were Francis Sandford, 1st Baron Sandford and Sir Herbert Sandford.

His uncle was the legal author Erskine Douglas Sandford FRSE.


  1. ^ thepeerage.com
  2. ^ The Times, Monday, 30 Apr 1883; pg. 6; Issue 30807; col B The New Bishop Of Tasmania.-The Rt Rev DF Sandford
  3. ^ Crockford's clerical directory 1975-76 Lambeth, Church House, ISSN 0955-0747
  4. ^ Edinburgh Post Office Directory 1860
  5. ^ Biographical Index of Former Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 1783–2002 (PDF). The Royal Society of Edinburgh. July 2006. ISBN 0-902-198-84-X.
  6. ^ "Incumbency details". Archived from the original on 4 July 2008. Retrieved 15 June 2008.
  7. ^ "Episcopal details". Archived from the original on 30 July 2009. Retrieved 7 October 2010.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  8. ^ Online biography
  9. ^ "Obituary". Church Times (#2274). 24 August 1906. p. 218. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 3 March 2020 – via UK Press Online archives.
  10. ^ "Ecclesiastical intelligence". The Times (36861). London. 1 September 1902. p. 4.
Anglican Communion titles
Preceded by Bishop of Tasmania
1883 –1889
Succeeded by