Hugh Foss (bishop)

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Hugh James Foss (25 June 1848 – 24 March 1932) was an Anglican bishop, the second Bishop of Osaka.[1]

Hugh James Foss was born into a legal family: his father was Edward Foss, author of The Judges of England.[2] He was educated at Marlborough College and Christ's College, Cambridge.[3] Ordained in 1873, he spent a three-year curacy in Liverpool[2] before emigrating to Kobe three years later. He spent the rest of his ministry there, amongst other achievements translating The Imitation of Christ by Thomas à Kempis into the vernacular. He died on 24 March 1932.

Foss married, 24 July 1901 in Kobe, Lina Janet Ovans, daughter of John Lambert Ovans, of Surrey.[4] His son Hugh Foss was a cryptanalyst for the Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park during the Second World War where he headed the Japanese section. Another son, Charles Calveley Foss was awarded the Victoria Cross in the First World War.


  1. ^ The Times, Saturday, Mar 26, 1932; pg. 15; Issue 46091; col G Bishop Foss Obituary
  2. ^ a b “Who was Who” 1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  3. ^ "Foss, Hugh James (FS867HJ)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  4. ^ "Marriages". The Times (36540). London. 22 August 1901. p. 1. 
Church of England titles
Preceded by
William Awdry
Bishop of Osaka
1899 –1923
Succeeded by
John Yasutaro Naide