Charles Baring

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Charles Baring
Bishop of Durham
Church Church of England
Diocese Diocese of Durham
Elected c. 1861
Term ended 2 February 1879 (resigned)
Predecessor Henry Villiers
Successor Joseph Lightfoot
Other posts Bishop of Gloucester and Bristol (1856–1861)
Ordination 6 June 1830 (deacon); 29 May 1831 (priest)
by Richard Bagot, Bishop of Oxford
Consecration c. 1856
Personal details
Born (1807-01-11)11 January 1807
Died 14 September 1879(1879-09-14) (aged 72)
Wimbledon, Surrey
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Parents Sir Thomas Baring, 2nd Baronet & Mary, Lady Baring née Sealy
Spouse 1. Mary Sealy (m. 1830; dec. 1840)
2. Caroline Kemp (m. 1846; wid. 1879)
Children inc. Thomas Baring MP & the Revd Francis Baring
Occupation Preacher
Alma mater Christ Church, Oxford

Charles Thomas Baring (11 January 1807 – 14 September 1879) was an English bishop, noted as an Evangelical.

Early life, family and education[edit]

Baring was born into the Baring banking family on 11 January 1807, the fourth son of Sir Thomas and Lady Baring. Having been educated privately as a child, he read classics and mathematics at Christ Church, Oxford before ordination. He first married his cousin Mary Sealy in 1830, who died in 1840: they had at least one child – Tory politician Thomas Baring was their son; he later remarried in 1846, Caroline Kemp, with whom he had further children – their son Francis became a priest.[1]


Baring began his ecclesiastical career at St Ebbe's, Oxford and Kings Worthy before taking the benefice of All Souls', Marylebone in 1847. He moved to Limpsfield in 1855, but was soon elected Bishop of Gloucester and Bristol. He became a bishop at a period when Lord Palmerston, influenced by Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury, was promoting Evangelicals.[2]

He translated to the see of Durham in 1861, where as Bishop of Durham he came into conflict with High Church clergy.[3] – he suspended Francis Grey, rector of Morpeth, as Rural Dean, for wearing a stole of which he disapproved.[4] He resigned due to ill health on 2 February 1879 and died in Wimbledon on 14 September.


  1. ^ The Peerage – Rt. Rev. Charles Baring (Accessed 1 February 2014)
  2. ^ David William Bebbington, Evangelicalism in Modern Britain: A History from the 1730s to the 1980s (1989), p. 107.
  3. ^ Christian History Institute (Dead link, 1 February 2014)
  4. ^ Scotland, Nigel. Evangelicals, Anglicans and Ritualism in Victorian England (p. 7) (Accessed 1 February 2014)


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Church of England titles
Preceded by
James Monk
Bishop of Gloucester and Bristol
Succeeded by
William Thomson
Preceded by
Henry Villiers
Bishop of Durham
Succeeded by
Joseph Lightfoot