Walter Farquhar Hook, an English clergyman, nephew of Theodore Hook, born in London in 1798. He graduated at Christchurch, Oxford, in 1821, and was successively curate at Whippingham, Isle of Wight, and in Birmingham, and vicar of Trinity church, Coventry, till 1837, when he was made vicar of Leeds. Here, during his incumbency of 22 years, 21 new churches, 32 parsonages, and more than 60 schools were erected in his parish, chiefly through his instrumentality. He was especially popular among the working classes. In 1859 he became dean of Chichester, and in 1862 a fellow of the royal society. He was appointed chaplain in ordinary to George IV. in 1827, and retained the office under William IV. and Victoria, preaching on the accession of the latter, from the text " Hear the church," a sermon of which more than 100,000 copies were sold in a month. He has published "An Ecclesiastical Biography" (8 vols., London, 1845-'52); "A Church Dictionary" (8th ed., 1859); "Sermons Suggested by the Miracles of our Lord" (2 vols., 1847); "Lives of the Archbishops of Canterbury" (9 vols. published, 1860 et seq.); and numerous pamphlets.