Jeremy Morse

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Jeremy Morse
Sir Jeremy Morse Telegraph.jpg
6th Chancellor of the University of Bristol
In office
Preceded byDorothy Hodgkin
Succeeded byThe Baroness Hale of Richmond
Personal details
Born(1928-12-10)10 December 1928
Died4 February 2016(2016-02-04) (aged 87)
Alma materNew College, Oxford

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 Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG) "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]

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). Lady Morse died in 2017.[11]

In 2006 Morse was awarded the title of World Federation for Chess Composition Honorary Master.

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]


  1. ^ "Bristol University – News – 2004: Chancellor". Retrieved 5 February 2016.
  2. ^ "UK – England – Bristol/Somerset – New university chancellor nominated". 23 May 2003. Retrieved 5 February 2016.
  3. ^ "ComposersNamesInVariousAlphabetsM PCCC website". Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 24 August 2007.
  4. ^ "Sir Jeremy Morse received Ad Portas". Winchester College. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
  5. ^ Bank of England News release retrieved 19 March 2009
  6. ^ Toniolo, Gianni; Clement, Piet (16 May 2005). Central Bank Cooperation at the Bank for International Settlements, 1930–1973. ISBN 9780521845519. Retrieved 5 February 2016. Missing |author2= (help)
  7. ^ "No. 46444". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 1974. p. 3.
  8. ^ For CJM at 80
  9. ^ "Listener" Crossword Setters Dinner 1993
  10. ^ "Sir Jeremy Morse, banker – obituary". The Daily Telegraph. 4 February 2016. Retrieved 4 October 2016.
  12. ^ "Emeritus, Honorary and Wykeham Fellows". Retrieved 5 February 2016.
  13. ^ List of Honorary Fellows of All Souls
  14. ^ "Sir Jeremy Morse, banker – obituary". The Daily Telegraph. 4 February 2016. Retrieved 5 February 2016.

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