1812–1891

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Born: May 1, 1812, Wells, So­mer­set, Eng­land.

Died: May 12, 1891, Lat­ton, Wilt­shire, Eng­land.

Biography

Beadon was ed­u­cat­ed at Eton and St. John’s Col­lege, Cam­bridge (BA 1835, MA 1839).

Tak­ing Ho­ly Or­ders in 1836, he be­came vi­car of Ha­sel­bury Pluck­nett, Som­er­set (1837); vi­car of Lat­ton, Wilt­shire (1838); Hon­or­a­ry Ca­non of Bris­tol; and Rur­al Dean.

One an­ec­dote tells that Bea­don was in­vit­ed by the vi­car of near­by Down Amp­ney, Ar­thur Vaugh­an Will­iams, to bap­tize his in­fant son Ralph.

Dur­ing the cer­e­mo­ny, Bea­don dropped the child, but Mrs. Vaugh­an Will­iams grabbed the skirts of his chris­ten­ing robe, sav­ing the fu­ture com­pos­er. There is no re­cord of Bea­don bap­tiz­ing any more Down Amp­ney ba­bies.

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