Charles Dodgson (bishop)

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The Right Reverend

Charles Dodgson,

Bishop of Elphin
Church Church of Ireland
Province Armagh
Diocese Elphin
Appointed 12 April 1775
Term ended 21 January 1795
Predecessor Jemmett Browne
Successor John Law
Consecration 11 August 1765
by William Carmichael
Personal details
Born c. 1722
Howden, Yorkshire, England
Died 21 January 1795
Dublin, Ireland
Buried St. Bride's Church, Dublin
Nationality English
Denomination Anglican
Parents Christopher Dodgson
Spouse Mary Frances Smyth
Children Three sons, one daughter
Previous post Bishop of Ossory
Education Westminster School
Alma mater St. John's College, Cambridge

Charles Dodgson FRS (c. 1722 – 21 January 1795) was an English Anglican cleric who served in the Church of Ireland as the Bishop of Ossory (1765–1775) then Bishop of Elphin (1775–1795).

Dodgson was born in Howden, Yorkshire. His date of birth is not recorded; he was baptised on 10 January 1722. His father, Christopher Dodgson (1696-1750), was the curate there.

He was educated at Westminster School and St. John's College, Cambridge.

After ordination, he was appointed to the parish of Bintry, Norfolk in 1746. He moved to the north of England, keeping a school at Stanwix in Cumberland and becoming Rector of Kirby Wiske in 1755. He was tutor to Lord Algernon Percy, the son of the Duke of Northumberland; in 1762, the Duke gave him the parish of Elsdon, Northumberland.

Dodgson was elected as a fellow of the Royal Society in 1762.[1]

Rapidly promoted, he was nominated to the bishopric of Ossory on 22 June and consecrated at St. Werburgh's Church, Dublin on 11 August 1765 by the Most Reverend William Carmichael, Archbishop of Dublin.[2][3] Ten years later, he was translated to the bishopric of Elphin by letters patent on 12 April 1775.[4][5] King George III congratulated him on this promotion, saying that he ought indeed to be thankful to have got away from a palace where the stabling was so bad.[6]

In 1768, he married Mary Frances Smyth (1749–1796). Among their children were Captain Charles Dodgson (1769?–1803), Elizabeth Anne Dodgson (1770–1836) and 2nd Lieut. Percy Currer Dodgson RN (1782–1807). Captain Dodgson was the father of Charles Dodgson (Archdeacon of Richmond) and the grandfather of Lewis Carroll. Elizabeth Dodgson married Major Charles Lutwidge; among their children was Frances, mother of Lewis Carroll.

He died in Dublin on 21 January 1795 and was buried at St. Bride's Church, Dublin.[4][5]


  1. ^ Thomas Thomson (1812). "Appendix IV". History of the Royal Society: From Its Institution to the End of the Eighteenth Century. R. Baldwin. p. xl. 
  2. ^ Cotton 1848, The Province of Leinster, p. 287.
  3. ^ Fryde et al. 1986, Handbook of British Chronology, p. 404.
  4. ^ a b Cotton 1850, The Province of Connaught, p. 129.
  5. ^ a b Fryde et al. 1986, Handbook of British Chronology, p. 393.
  6. ^ Collingwood 1898, The Life and Letters of Lewis Carroll, p. 5.


  • Cohen, Morton (1995). Lewis Carroll: A Biography. Macmillan. p. 4. ISBN 0-333-62926-4. 
  • Collingwood, Stuart Dodgson (1898). The Life and Letters of Lewis Carroll. London: T. Fisher Unwin. pp. 3–5. 
  • Mr Dodgson, Nine Lewis Carroll Studies. Lewis Carroll Society. 1973. p. 8. 
  • Fryde, E. B.; Greenway, D. E.; Porter, S.; Roy, I., eds. (1986). Handbook of British Chronology (3rd, reprinted 2003 ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-56350-X. 
  • Cotton, Henry (1848). The Province of Leinster. Fasti Ecclesiae Hiberniae: The Succession of the Prelates and Members of the Cathedral Bodies of Ireland. Volume 2. Dublin: Hodges and Smith. 
  • Cotton, Henry (1850). The Province of Connaught. Fasti Ecclesiae Hiberniae: The Succession of the Prelates and Members of the Cathedral Bodies of Ireland. Volume 4. Dublin: Hodges and Smith. 
Church of Ireland titles
Preceded by
Richard Pococke
Bishop of Ossory
Succeeded by
William Newcome
Preceded by
Jemmett Browne
Bishop of Elphin
Succeeded by
John Law