Born: No­vem­ber 23, 1809, Ma­dras, In­dia (now Chen­nai, Ta­mil Na­du).

Died: Oc­to­ber 26, 1878, South Ken­sing­ton, Lon­don, Eng­land.

Buried: Friern Bar­net, Lon­don, Eng­land.


Herbert was the son of Ro­ger Kyn­as­ton and Geor­gi­a­na Oak­e­ley, daugh­ter of Charles Oak­e­ley, go­ver­nor of Ma­dras.

Educated at West­min­ster School from 1823, he was ad­mit­ted to Christ Church, Ox­ford, in 1827, and ma­tri­cu­lat­ed on 30 May.

He won the col­lege prize for La­tin verse (sub­ject, Scyth­ae No­mad­es) in 1829, took a first-class in Clas­sics in 1831, and was ap­point­ed tu­tor and Greek read­er in 1836. He gra­du­at­ed BA in 1831, MA in 1833, and BD and DD in 1849.

He was se­lect preach­er at the un­i­ver­si­ty in 1841, and sub­se­quent­ly a lec­tur­er at his col­lege in phi­lo­lo­gy, a sub­ject to which he was much de­vot­ed, and to which he con­tin­u­al­ly dir­ect­ed the at­ten­tion of his pu­pils.

He was or­dained in 1834, and served as cur­ate of Cul­ham, Ox­ford­shire. Four years lat­er, at age 28, he was elect­ed High Mas­ter of St. Paul’s School, Lon­don, on the re­tire­ment of Dr. John Sleath.

Lord Tru­ro pre­sent­ed Kyn­as­ton in 1850 to the ci­ty liv­ing of St. Ni­cho­las Cole Ab­bey, with St. Ni­cho­las Ol­ave, which he held un­til the parish­es were merged with St. Ma­ry Som­er­set in 1866.

He re­signed the mas­ter­ship of St. Paul’s in 1876, and the on­ly pre­fer­ment which he held at the time of his death was the pre­ben­dal stall of Ho­lborn in St. Paul’s Ca­thed­ral, to which he was pre­sent­ed by Bi­shop Blom­field in Ju­ly 1853.


Kynaston con­trib­ut­ed to the Guard­i­an from time to time se­ver­al La­tin trans­la­tions of his own hymns and hymns by oth­ers, but most­ly these were not re­pub­lished.

His oth­er works in­clude:




Help Needed

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Kyn­as­ton (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?