April 13, 1824, Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

September 12, 1911, Devon, England.

City Cemetery, Londonderry, Northern Ireland.


Son of Robert Alexander, Prebendary of Aghadowey, Northern Ireland, William was educated at Tunbridge School, and at Exeter College and Brasenose College, Oxford, graduating with classical honors in 1847. Entering holy orders, he was successively Rector of Camus-Juxta-Morne, Strabane, County Tyrone; Dean of Emly (1864); and Bishop of Derry and Raphoe (1867). Alexander was select preacher at Oxford (1870–72 & 1882), Cambridge (1872–92), and Dublin (1879). He was also Bampton Lecturer in 1876.

Alexander’s poetry appeared in The Dublin University Magazine, The Spectator, Good Words, Lyra Britannica, and Lyra Anglicana. He wrote two Oxford Prize poems, The Death of Jacob and The Waters of Babylon, and was appointed to recite the congratulatory ode to Lord Derby on his installation as Chancellor in the Sheldonian Theater in 1852. His other works include:

  1. Vision from the Apocalypse