George Hollis (bishop)

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George Arthur Hollis was Bishop of Taunton from 1931[1] to 1945. Born on 17 April 1868 he was educated at Keble College, Oxford [2] and ordained in 1894. He began his ecclesiastical career with a curacy at St James Wednesbury[3] followed by a spell as Perpetual Curate of St Bartholomew Armley.[4] After this he was Vicar of Headingley and then the Principal of Wells Theological College before a 14 year stint as Suffragan Bishop of Taunton. He died on 20 March 1944. His son Christopher was MP for Devizes from 1945 to 1955,[5] and another son Sir Roger was Director General of MI5 from 1956 to 1965. Of grandchildren, Adrian Hollis, Roger's son, was a chess champion and classics don, while another is, like George, a bishop, Christopher Hollis's son, the Right Revd. Crispian Hollis who is the Bishop of Portsmouth for the Catholic Church.


  1. ^ Episcopal Changes New Bishop of Taunton The Times Thursday, Sep 18, 1930; pg. 12; Issue 45621; col C
  2. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  3. ^ Church web site
  4. ^ The Times, Tuesday, May 18, 1909; pg. 10; Issue 38962; col B Ecclesiastical Intelligence.
  5. ^ Obituary-Mr Christopher Hollis Writer and former MP The Times Monday, May 09, 1977; pg. 16; Issue 59998; col E
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Charles Fane de Salis
Bishop of Taunton
1931 – 1944
Succeeded by
Harry Thomas