Jeremy Morse

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Sir Christopher Jeremy Morse KCMG (10 December 1928 – 4 February 2016) was an English banker, cruciverbalist and chess composer who was Chancellor of the University of Bristol from 1989 to 2003, [1] and was chairman of Lloyds Bank.[2]


Born in 1928[3] to Francis John Morse and his wife, Kinbarra (née Armfield-Marrow), he was educated at West Downs School, Winchester College,[4] and New College, Oxford. A career banker, he began with Williams and Glyn's Bank and went on to be chairman of Lloyds Bank between 1977 and 1993. He served on the Board of the Bank of England as an Executive Director from 1965 to 1972 and as a non-executive from 1993 to 1997.[5] He was also the first Chairman of the International Monetary Fund's Committee of Twenty (C20).[6] In 1975 he was appointed a Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George "for services to the reform of the international monetary system".[7]

He had a keen interest in cryptic crosswords and was a skilful writer of clues. His record of success in the clue-writing competitions of Ximenes and Azed was such that Azed's December 2008 Competition puzzle was dedicated to the occasion of his eightieth birthday.[8] He had puzzles published under the pseudonym "Esrom" (his surname in reverse).[9]

In addition to crosswords, Morse had an interest in other types of word puzzles, and was a frequent contributor to Word Ways: The Journal of Recreational Linguistics. He was also a chess writer and wrote a book called Chess Problems: Tasks and Records.

Colin Dexter's fictional detective, Inspector Morse, was named after him.[10][11]

In 1955, he married Belinda Marianne, daughter of Lt-Colonel R. B. Y. Mills, and they had three sons and two daughters (one of whom died young).

He was an honorary fellow of New College, Oxford,[12] and of All Souls College, Oxford.[13] He died on 4 February 2016 at the age of 87.[14]


Academic offices
Preceded by
Dorothy Hodgkin
Chancellor of the University of Bristol
Succeeded by
The Baroness Hale of Richmond