August 7, 1831, Bombay (now Mumbai), India.
March 22, 1903, Canterbury, Kent, England.
Frederic was the son of a missionary to India who later became rector at Sidcup, Kent, England.
Frederic attended King William’s College on the Isle of Man, and King’s College, London. In 1852, he won a scholarship to the University of London, where he earned his bachelor’s degree. He then went to Trinity College at Cambridge, where he took a number of honors, including the Chancellor’s Prize in English verse.
In 1854, he graduated with first class classical honors and took Holy Orders. For a while he served as assistant master at Harrow School., then in 1869, he was appointed chaplain to Queen Victoria.
From 1871–76, he was headmaster of Marlborough College. He later served as a canon of Westminster Abbey; rector of St. Margaret’s, Westminster; archdeacon of Westminster; and dean of Canterbury.
Farrar achieved a high reputation as a writer and preacher. He wrote volumes of popular fiction, and several important works in philology and theology.
His works include: