Honorary Chaplains

The Fruiterers do not appear to have had a permanent Chaplain until the year 1892. The only member of the Company in Holy Orders before this date, was the Rev. William McCall, 1868 – 1881; whether he acted as Chaplain is not recorded, but probably he did so during the period of his membership.

The first Chaplain, Dean Hole, took a great interest in all branches of horticulture; he retained his honorary office until 1901. The vacancy was not filled until 1910, when the Rev. Canon Edgar Sheppard, D.D., C.V.O., was appointed by the Court.

Source: History of the Worshipful Company of Fruiterers of the City of London. By Arthur William Gould, 1912

Honorary Chaplains from 1892 to Present

2017 - Present The Very Reverend Mark Philip John Bonney

1990 - 2017 The Rev Canon Nigel Abbott

1970 - 1990 The Rev James Adams

1951 - 1953 The Rev Canon F H Gillingham

1934 - 1937 The Very Reverend Canon H R L Sheppard CH, DD

1910 - 1921 The Rev Canon Edgar Sheppard CVO, DD

(Sub-Dean of His Majesty's Chapels Royal)

Domestic Chaplain,

Deputy Clerk of the Closet,

Sub-Almoner to the King and Canon of Windsor

1892 - 1901 The Rev Samuel Reynolds Hole

The Very Reverend Dean Hole

St Mary Abchurch