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Edward Lyttelton

Cambridge University AFC

1 appearance, 0 goals

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  Reverend Canon, Doctor The Right Honourable Edward Lyttelton MA (Cantab)
Birth Monday, 23 July 1855 in St. James' Square, Westminster, London [registered in St James, March 1856].
notes: Westminster was in the Middlesex Registration County up until 1889.
"On Monday last, in St. James;-square, Lady Lyttelton, of a son." - Saturday, 28 July 1855, Staffordshire Sentinel and Commercial & General Advertiser.
Baptism 26 August 1855 in Hagley, Worcester.


According to the 1861 census, Edward is the eighth of nine children to George William and Mary (née Glynne) (d.18 August 1857). They have ten servants. His father is the Lord Lieutenant of Worcestershire. They live at 80 Marine Parade in Brighton.


According to the 1871 census, Edward has a new mother, Sybella H., and a new half-sister, Sarah R. They all live at Hagley Hall in Hagley, Bromsgrove, with fifteen servants. His father is a Peer. Edward is a student at Eton College


According to the 1881 census, Edward is a assistant schoolmaster at Wellington College in Sandhurst.

Marriage to Caroline Amy West [registered in St Patrick's, Dublin]. Daughter of the Right Reverend John West of Dublin

According to the 1891 census, Edward is institutionalised in Haileybury College in Amwell. He is married to his Irish wife, Caroline with one daughter, Nora Rosa. They have six servants. He is a Clerk in Holy Orders.


According to the 1901 census, Edward, a Schoolmaster in the Holy Orders, is still married, with two daughters, Norah Joan and Delia, and along with six servants, they live at Great Amwell in Hertfordshire.
The Reverend Edward Lyttelton is the executor of the will of William Baker, who died on 29 December 1910, in the following March, Edward was stated as living at Eton.


According to the 1911 census, Edward remains married with another daughter, Delia. He his headmaster of Eton College, and they have eleven servants.
The Teachers List shows Edward living a Grangegorman in Overstrand at the time of his registration in 1914.
Again, Edward was the executor of the will of Rev. Waltar Allan Moberley. He had died in December 1905, but not executed until March 1929, when Edward was living at Haileybury College. 


The 1920-29 London Electoral Registers states that Dr. Edward Lyttelton was living at 6 Bolton Gardens in Kensington.

Dr. Edward Lyttelton, alongside The Archibishop of York, in May 1920 "Serious Accident to a Former 'Head' of Eton.
"Dr. Edward Lyttelton, a former headmaster of Eton and Haileybury, was knocked down by a private motor-car on Victoria Embankment outside Charing Cross tube station, London, yesterday. He was conveyed to Charing Cross Hospital, where he received attention for injuries to the head, eye, hand, and leg, but did not regain consciousness for two hours. He had recovered sufficiently last night to be able to be taken home. Dr, Lyttelton had just left Sion College, where he had delivered one of a series of lectures, when the accident occurred." - Tuesday, 25 March 1930, Hartlepool Daily Mail/Wednesday, 26 March 1930, Sheffield Daily Telegraph.
According to the 1939 register, Edward is a widow, a clerk in the holy works. He lives with two of his daughters, Norah J. and Delia and possibly five servants. They all live at Grangegorman, in New Road, Erpingham.
Death Monday, 26 January 1942 at The Old Palace, Lincoln, aged 86 years 187 days [registered in Lincoln, March 1942].
"LYTTELTON.―At the Old Palace, Lincoln, on 26th January, 1942, the Reverend the Hon. Edward Lyttelton, D.D., aged 86 years. Choral Service in Lincoln Cathedral, Thursday, 29th January, 1942, 10.30 a.m., followed by Cremation at Nottingham. No flowers."-
Monday, 26/Tuesday, 27 January 1942, The Lincolnshire Echo


"FORMER ETON HEAD Death of Dr. Edward Lyttelton.
"Dr. Edward Lyttelton, 86 years-old former head master of Eton, died at the Old Palace, Lincoln, where he had been living with the Bishop of Lincoln. His association with Eton covered nearly half a century, and he was known as 'the brown man' to everyone there because of his tanned complexion
. If he were held in awe by the boys they respected him, too, for they knew him to be a man who always did the right and just thing. Last of a famous family of cricketing brothers, he was the first player to score a century against the Australians. He captained the Cambridge eleven of 1878, the only team to defeat the Australians during their first English tour. His life story was bound up with Eton, where he was educated, and where he was an assistant master before becoming head. He was the seventh of eight brothers, seven of whom secured places in the Eton XI at Lord's. In 1878, he played Association football for England against Scotland."

Tuesday, 27 January 1942, The Western Morning News
"Dr. Edward Lyttelton Former Head Master of Eton.
"Dr. the Hon. Edward Lyttelton, former Head Master of Eton, died yesterday, aged 86, at the Old Palace, Lincoln, where he had been living for the past 18 months. Seventh son of the fourth Lord Lyttelton, he was the last of the famous cricketing brothers. He was an uncle of captain Oliver Lyttelton, Minister of State in the Middle East. Dr. Lyttelton was born in 1855 and educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge. He came of a distinguished Etonian family. His eldest brother, who became 8th Viscount Cobham in succession to his kinsman, the 3rd Duke of Buckingham and Chados, held the offices of Land Commissioner for England and Wales and Commissioner under the Railway and Canal Traffic Act, and died in 1922. Of his other brothers, General Sir Neville Lyttelton was Chief of the General Staff and First Military Member of the Army Council 1904-8, and General Officer Commanding-in-Chief the Forces in Ireland 1908-12: the Hon. Alfred Lyttelton, K.C., who died in 1913, was Colonial Secretary in 1903-05: another brother was Bishop of Southampton: and the Hon. Spencer Lyttelton, C.B., was private secretary to Mr. Gladstone from 1892-4.
Dr. Lyttelton's fame was somewhat overclouded in 1915 by an incursion into the region of war politics, and some remarks he made as to our attitude towards the Germans met with emphatic disapproval and let to suggestions that he ought to resign the head mastership of Eton. This he did early in the following year. In his reminiscences. 'Memories and Hopes,' The Old Palace in Lincoln, where Edward Lyttelton diedpublished in 1925, he says that the resignation was due to 'various circumstances, domestic, official, private and public.' He had no sympathy with the German war spirit, though he suggested that England was not wholly free from responsibility for the war. Like his brothers, Dr. Lyttelton was an ardent athlete, and was a member of the Eton and Cambridge cricket elevens. He played for Cambridge against Oxford in the four successive years from 1875 to 1878 inclusive, and did good work for Middlesex afterwards, one of his best scores being 113 against the Australians in 1878. He was credited with being the first England cricketer to make a century against the Australians."
- Tuesday, 27 January 1942, The Yorkshire Post & Leeds Mercury
Funeral on Friday, 30 Juanuary 1942 at Overstrand
"The Bishop of Lincoln (the Right Rev. F. C. Nugent Hicks), as Visitor of Eton College, will conduct a memorial service for the Rev. the Hon. Edward Lyttelton in the College Chapel at 3.15 p.m. on Friday. Dr. Lyttelton is to be buried at Overstrand, Norfolk, on Friday." -
Wednesday, 28 January 1942, The Lincolnshire Echo
"The casket containing the ashes of Dr. Lyttelton was interred at Sidestrand, Norfolk" - Saturday, 31 January 1942, The Lincolnshire Echo
Probate "LYTTELTON the honourable and reverend Edward of The Old Palace Lincoln honorary canon of Norwich Cathedral died 26 January 1942 Probate Norwich 21 April to Norah Joan Lyttelton spinster.
Effects £2734 17s. 1d." [2019 equivalent: £129,785]
Cambridge University Alumni
Admission as a pensioner at Trinity College: 28 February 1874
son of George William, Baron Lyttelton of Hagley Hall, Stourbridge, Worcs. born 23] July 1855, in London.
Eton: Matriculated Michs. 1874, Scholar, 1877; BA 1878, MA 1881; BD 1907; DD 1912; Cricket blue 1875-8, Capt., 1878. Scored the first century made agsinst the Australians; played for Gentlemen v. Players, 1878. Played for England v. Scotland at (association) football, 1878... Author, Cricket; Mothers and Sons; Studies in the Sermon on the Mount, etc. Died Ja. 23, 1942, at The Old Palace, Lincoln.


Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] &

Playing Career

Club(s) Educated at Eton College, before graduating at Trinity College, Cambridge University with a master of Arts and a Doctor of Divinity. Played football with Old Etonians FC and Hagley FC in Worcestershire.
Club honours FA Cup runners-up 1875-76;
Individual honours None
Distinctions Also played first-class cricket for Cambridge University, as well as Middlesex, Hertfordshire and Worcestershire.
The first player to live beyond the 1939 register.
Height/Weight not known


Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

England Career

Player number One of seven who became the fiftieth players (52) to appear for England.
Position(s) Half-back;
Only match No. 7, 2 March 1878, Scotland 7 England 2, a friendly match at Hampden Park, Hampden Terrace, Glasgow, aged 22 years 222 days.
Individual honours None
Distinctions Brother of Alf Lyttelton.
Despite his age when he died, he was not the last surviving member of the 1878 team, Percy Fairclough outlived him by another 5½ years, and Henry Wace by a further five months after that.

Beyond England

Edward Lyttelton, headmaster of Haileybury College"After leaving Cambridge, Lyttelton acted for a short period as an assistant master at Wellington College, and, in 1882, returned to his old school as an assistant master, a position he retained until 1890, when he was appointed head master of Haileybury College [Hertfordshire]. In the meantime, he had appointed deacon and priest in 1884 and 1886 respectively, and in 1895 he was made an honorary canon of St. Albans. He remained at Haileybury until his appointement to Eton [until 1916]. In addition to his work as head master, he was for a time chairman of the Council of the Teachers' Guild, a member of the Royal Commission on Secondary Education, 1894, and a member of the Consultative Committee of the Board of Education, 1900." - Tuesday, 27 January 1942, The Yorkshire Post & Leeds Mercury.
Decorated with the Order of Leopold of Belgium.  Became the Rector of Sidestrand, Norfolk, 1918-20. Dean of Whitelands College, London, 1920-29. Held the office of Honourable Canon of Norwich in 1931. He also wrote several books on education and religion, being a leading voice in the introduction of 'co-education', where boys and girls are taught as one. -
An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.161.


The Numbers
Parties Appearances minutes Goals goals ave.min captain
1 1 90 0 none none
The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.
1 0 0 1 2 7 -5 0 0 2.00 7.00 00.0 -1

Match Record

Venue & Competition P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home venue
Friendly match
1 0 0 1 2 7 -5 0 0 2.00 7.00 00.0 -1

Match History
 Club: Cambridge University A.F.C. - one full appearance (90 min)

F.A. Committee (Charles Alcock) - one full appearance (90 min)x

Age 22
1 7 2 March 1878 - Scotland 7 England 2, Hampden Park, Glasgow Fr AL Start hb