Peter Galloway

Peter John Galloway, OBE, JP, FSA (born 19 July 1954) is a British Anglican priest and historian, specialising in ecclesiastical history, architectural history, and the British orders of chivalry. Since 2008, he has been Chaplain of the Queen's Chapel of the Savoy and Chaplain of the Royal Victorian Order.[1][2] His is also a visiting professor of Brunel University London.[3]

Peter Galloway

Chaplain of the Savoy Chapel and of the Royal Victorian Order
ChurchChurch of England
DioceseRoyal Peculiar
In officeFebruary 2008 to present (retiring July 2019)
PredecessorBill Scott
Ordination1983 (deacon)
1984 (priest)
Personal details
Birth namePeter John Galloway
Born19 July 1954 (age 65)
Alma mater

Early life and education

Galloway was born on 19 July 1954.[4] He was educated at Westminster City School, an all-boys grammar school in London.[4] He studied history at Goldsmiths' College, University of London, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in 1976.[2][5] In 1980, he matriculated into St Stephen's House, Oxford, an Anglo-Catholic theological college, to train for Holy Orders.[4][5] He left in 1983 to be ordained into the Church of England.[5] He continued his studies, undertaking postgraduate studies at King's College, London;[4] he completed his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in 1987.[5]


Ordained ministry

Galloway was ordained in the Church of England as a deacon in 1983 and as a priest in 1984.[5] From 1983 to 1986, he served his curacy at St John's Wood Church in the Diocese of London.[5] He then served a further curacy at St Giles in the Fields between 1986 and 1990.[4][5] In 1990, he joined Emmanuel Church, West Hampstead as Priest-in-Charge.[5] He was appointed its Vicar in 1995.[4] From 2002 to 2007, he was additionally Area Dean of North Camden (Hampstead).[5]

In February 2008, Galloway left parish ministry having been appointed Chaplain of the Queen's Chapel of the Savoy and Chaplain of the Royal Victorian Order.[2][4][5] He is additionally the Secretary for Church Livings for the Duchy of Lancaster.[4] In June 2017, he made a Canon of the Chapel Royal.[6]

Academic career

During his curacies, Galloway also taught religious studies at Arnold House School, an all-boys preparatory school in the City of Westminster.[2] Since 2008, he has been an Honorary Professor in Politics and History at Brunel University London.[4] He has also held leadership positions including as a Member of the Council of Goldsmiths' College] from 1993 to 1999, and Member of the Council of the University of London from 1999 to 2008.[4]

Galloway was Chair of Governors of St. Olave's Grammar School in Orpington for seven years, working alongside the controversial head Aydin Önaç. He resigned in September 2017, stating "the role of Chair requires far more time and attention than I am presently able to give."[7]. A subsequent enquiry for Bromley Council highlighted many irregularities during Önaç's tenure, including illegal exclusion of students between years 12 and 13. [8]

Personal life

In 2008, Galloway entered into a civil partnership with Michael Russell Stewart Turner.[4][9]


In November 1986, Galloway was appointed an Officer of the Order of St John (OStJ).[10] In October 1992, he was promoted to Chaplain of the Order of St John (ChStJ).[11] In the 1996 Queen's Birthday Honours, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) "for services to the Order of the British Empire".[12] In July 1997, he was promoted to Knight of the Order of St John (KStJ).[13] On 11 May 2000, he was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London (FSA).[14]

Selected works

  • Galloway, Peter (1992). The Cathedrals of Ireland. Belfast: Institute of Irish Studies, Queen's University Belfast. ISBN 0853894523.
  • Galloway, Peter (1996). The Order of the British Empire. Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood. ISBN 0-907605-65-6.
  • Galloway, Peter (1999). The most illustrious Order: The Order of St Patrick and its knights. London: Unicorn. ISBN 0-906290-23-6.
  • Galloway, Peter (2016). The Royal Victorian Order. Spink Books. ISBN 978-1907427763.


  1. ^ 'GALLOWAY, Rev. Dr Peter John', Who's Who 2017, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2017; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2016; online edn, Nov 2016 accessed 20 Aug 2017
  2. ^ a b c d "Chapel Team: The Chaplain". Queen's Chapel of the Savoy. Retrieved 20 August 2017.
  3. ^ "Peter Galloway, OBE, FSA". Brunel University London. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Galloway, Rev. Dr Peter John". Who's Who 2018. Oxford University Press. 1 December 2017. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.16691.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Peter John Galloway". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  6. ^ "Two new canons installed to Her Majesty's Chapel Royal". Diocese of London. 26 June 2017. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
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  9. ^ Hume, Lucy, ed. (2017). "GALLOWAY, Rev Prof Peter John". People of Today 2017. Debrett's. ISBN 9781999767037. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  10. ^ "No. 50716". The London Gazette. 14 November 1986. p. 14693.
  11. ^ "No. 53091". The London Gazette. 28 October 1992. p. 18069.
  12. ^ "No. 54427". The London Gazette. 14 June 1996. p. 11.
  13. ^ "No. 54835". The London Gazette. 15 July 1997. p. 8123.
  14. ^ "Fellows Directory - Galloway". Society of Antiquaries of London. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
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