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 second son of Roger Kynaston, by his marriage to Georgiana, third 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:
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