Basil Wilberforce

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"The Chaplain", caricature by Spy in Vanity Fair, 1909.

Albert Basil Orme Wilberforce (14 February 1841 – 13 May 1916) was an Anglican priest and author[1] in the second half of the 19th century and the first two decades of the 20th.

Born in Winchester as the younger son of Samuel Wilberforce (and therefore grandson of famed abolitionist William Wilberforce; his elder brother Ernest became Bishop of Newcastle then of Chichester), he was educated at Eton College and Exeter College, Oxford and ordained in 1866.[2] He was chaplain to the Bishop of Oxford and then held curacies at Cuddesdon, Seaton and Southsea. He was Rector of St. Mary's, Southampton from 1871 to 1894, and an Honorary Canon of Winchester. In April 1894 he was appointed Canon of Westminster Abbey and Rector of the parish church of St John the Evangelist, annexed to Westminster.[3] He was appointed Chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons in 1896 and Archdeacon of Westminster in 1900.[4] He met 'Abdu'l-Baha in 1911. He died in post on 13 May 1916. He was 75.[5]


  1. ^ Amongst others he wrote "The Trinity of Evil", 1885; "Sermons preached in Westminster Abbey", 1898 (1st series), 1902 (2nd series); "Following on to Know", 1904; "Speaking Good of His Name", 1905; "Sanctification by the Truth", 1906; "New Theology", 1908; "The Hope that is in me", 1909; and "The Power that Worketh in us", 1910 > British Library website accessed 11:08 GMT Wednesday 27 October 2010
  2. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-2007 London, A & C Black, 2007 ISBN 978-0-19-954087-7
  3. ^ "No. 26500". The London Gazette. 3 April 1894. p. 1882.
  4. ^ ”The Clergy List” London, Kelly’s, 1913
  5. ^ Death Of Archdeacon Wilberforce. Chaplain To The Commons. The Times, Monday, May 15, 1916; pg. 4; Issue 41167; col F.

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