George Moberly

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George Moberly
Bishop of Salisbury
Bp George Moberly.jpg
ChurchChurch of England
DioceseDiocese of Salisbury
In office1869–1885
PredecessorWalter Kerr Hamilton
SuccessorJohn Wordsworth
Personal details
Born(1803-10-10)10 October 1803
St Petersburg, Russia
Died6 July 1885(1885-07-06) (aged 81)
NationalityEnglish
DenominationAnglican
SpouseMary Anne Crokat (1812-1890)
EducationWinchester College
Alma materBalliol College, Oxford

George Moberly (10 October 1803 – 6 July 1885) was an English cleric who was headmaster of Winchester College, and then served as Bishop of Salisbury from 1869 until his death.

Life[edit]

He was born in St Petersburg, Russia in 1803, the seventh son of Edward Moberly, merchant, and his wife, Sarah Cayley] and educated at Winchester College.[1] He matriculated at Balliol College, Oxford, matriculating in 1822, and graduating B.A. 1825, and M.A. 1828. He was a Fellow of Balliol from 1826 to 1834.[2] He was ordained deacon in 1826, and priest in 1828.[3]

Moberly married Mary Anne Crokat on 22 December 1834 at Oxford. After his academic career he became headmaster of Winchester in 1835.

This post Moberly resigned in 1866, and retired to the Rectory of St. Mary's Church, Brighstone, Isle of Wight,[4] he was also a Canon of Chester Cathedral.[5] The Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone, however, in 1869 called him to be Bishop of Salisbury,[6] in which see he kept up the traditions of his predecessors, Bishops Hamilton and Denison, his chief addition being the summoning of a diocesan synod.[7]

Though Moberly left Oxford at the beginning of the Oxford Movement, he fell under its influence: the more so that at Winchester he formed a most intimate friendship with Keble, spending several weeks every year at Otterbourne, the next parish to Hursley.

Moberly, however, retained his independence of thought, and in 1872 he astonished his High Church friends by joining in the movement for the disuse of the damnatory clauses in the Athanasian Creed. His chief contribution to theology is his Bampton Lectures of 1868, on The Administration of the Holy Spirit in the Body of Christ.[7] He died on 6 July 1885.[8]

Family[edit]

Moberly married in 1834 Mary Crokat, daughter of Thomas Crokat of Leghorn. There were 15 children of the marriage, eight daughters and seven sons.[1] Five sons and seven daughters survived their father.[9] The children included:

His great-grandson, Dick Milford, was a clergyman and educator who was involved in the founding of Oxfam.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Rowell, Geoffrey. "Moberly, George". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/18862.(Subscription or UK public library membership required.)</ref
  2. ^ Foster, Joseph (1888–1892). "Moberly, George" . Alumni Oxonienses: the Members of the University of Oxford, 1715–1886. Oxford: Parker and Co – via Wikisource.
  3. ^ Persons: Moberly, George (1826–1828) in "CCEd, the Clergy of the Church of England database" (Accessed online, 13 March 2019)
  4. ^ "Three famous men of Brighstone" Sibley,P Brighstone, Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Brighstone ISBN 0-906328-31-4
  5. ^ "No. 23552". The London Gazette. 5 November 1869. p. 5911.
  6. ^ "No. 23527". The London Gazette. 17 August 1869. p. 4637.
  7. ^ a b Hamilton 1894.
  8. ^ "No. 25512". The London Gazette. 18 September 1885. p. 4402.
  9. ^ Hamilton, John Andrew (1894). "Moberly, George" . In Lee, Sidney (ed.). Dictionary of National Biography. 38. London: Smith, Elder & Co.
  10. ^ Curthoys, M. C. "Ridding, George". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/35750.(Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  11. ^ Dennis, Barbara. "Moberly, Robert Campbell". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/35049.(Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  12. ^ Foster, Joseph (1888–1892). "Moberly, John Cornelius" . Alumni Oxonienses: the Members of the University of Oxford, 1715–1886. Oxford: Parker and Co – via Wikisource.
  13. ^ Foster, Joseph (1888–1892). "Moberly, Edward Hugh" . Alumni Oxonienses: the Members of the University of Oxford, 1715–1886. Oxford: Parker and Co – via Wikisource.
  14. ^ Foster, Joseph (1888–1892). "Moberly, Walter Allan" . Alumni Oxonienses: the Members of the University of Oxford, 1715–1886. Oxford: Parker and Co – via Wikisource.
Attribution

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Moberly, George". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.

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Academic offices
Preceded by
David Williams
Headmaster of Winchester College
1835-1866
Succeeded by
George Ridding
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Walter Hamilton Kerr Hamilton
Bishop of Salisbury
1869–1885
Succeeded by
John Wordsworth