Birth: 10 July 1799

Place or Registered Place of Birth: Eden Farm, Beckenham, Kent

Baptism: Not Known

Place of Baptism: Not Known

Death: 25 April 1870 - Aged 70

Place or Registered Place of Death: Bishop's Palace, Wells, Somerset

Date of Burial: 29 April 1870

Place of Burial: Palm Churchyard, near Wells Cathedral, Somerset

Father: William Eden (1745-1814)

Mother: Eleanor Elliot (1758-1818)

Spouse(s): Mary Hurt

Date of Marriage: 15 September 1825

Place or Registered Place of Marriage: Eyam, Derbyshire


Eleanor Eden (1826-1879)
William George Eden (1829-1890)
Henry John Eden (1830-1853)
Ashley Eden (1831-1887)
Emily Dulcibella Eden (1832-1893)
Florence Selina Eden (1835-1909)
Emma Mary Eden (1836-1895)
Maria Harriet Eden (1836-1909)
Robert Henley Shaw Eden (1840-1916)


Born at Eden Farm, Beckenham, Kent, he was third son of William Eden, 1st Baron Auckland and his wife Eleanor, oldest daughter of Sir Gilbert Elliot, 3rd Baronet. His older brother was George Eden, 1st Earl of Auckland, his uncles were Sir Robert Eden, 1st Baronet and Morton Eden, 1st Baron Henley. Eden was sent to Eton College in 1814 and went then to Magdalene College, Cambridge, where he proceeded Master of Arts five years later. In 1847, he received a Bachelor of Divinity and a Doctor of Divinity by the University of Cambridge. When his brother George died in 1849, he succeeded him not in the earldom, however in the barony, conferred upon their father.

Eden was ordained in 1822 and was appointed rector of Eyam in Derbyshire in the next year. He was transferred to Hertingfordbury, near Hertford in 1825, a post he held for a decade. Subsequently, Eden served as vicar of Battersea until 1847. He was likewise nominated chaplain to King William IV in 1831 and after the latter's death in 1837 to Queen Victoria for the next ten years. On 23 May 1847, Eden was consecrated Bishop of Sodor and Man, and installed at Castletown on 29 June. He was translated to the see of Bath and Wells on 2 June 1854, which he held until his resignation on 6 September 1869.

He was the author of A Reply to a Letter to the Bishop of Bath and Wells on the subject of the recent Restoration of the Parish Church of Kingsbury Episcopi, by George Parsons (1854), Charges of the Bishop of Bath and Wells (3 vols. 1855, 1858, and 1861), and The Journal and Correspondence of William, Lord Auckland, edited by the Bishop of Bath and Wells (1860).

He was moderate in his views, but inclining to the high church school.

He married, on 15 September 1825, Mary, eldest daughter of Francis Edward Hurt of Alderwasley, Derbyshire, by whom he had five sons and five daughters. She died on 25 November 1872. Eden died at the Bishop's Palace, Wells on 25 April 1870, and was buried in the Palm churchyard, near Wells Cathedral, four days later. His third son was Ashley was a diplomat.

William Eden, 1st Baron Auckland was born 3 April 1745 and died 28 May 1814. Eleanor Elliot was born about 1758 and died 18 May 1818. William and Eleanor were married at West Auckland, Durham on 26 September 1776.

Robert John Eden
3rd Baron Auckland - Bishop of Bath and Wells