John Moore (archbishop of Canterbury)

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John Moore
Archbishop of Canterbury
ChurchChurch of England
Elected26 April 1783 (confirmation of election)[1]
Term ended18 January 1805 (death)
PredecessorFrederick Cornwallis
SuccessorCharles Manners-Sutton
Other postsDean of Canterbury (1771–1775)
Bishop of Bangor (1774–1783)
Personal details
Born(1730-04-26)26 April 1730
Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England
Died18 January 1805(1805-01-18) (aged 74)
Lambeth, Surrey, England
BuriedSt Mary-at-Lambeth
Alma materPembroke College, Oxford
Ordination history of
John Moore
Episcopal consecration
Principal consecratorFrederick Cornwallis (Canterbury)
Co-consecratorsEdmund Keene (Ely)
Robert Lowth (Oxford)
John Thomas (Rochester)
Date12 February 1775
PlaceLambeth Palace Chapel
Source(s): [2]

John Moore (26 April 1730 – 18 January 1805) was Archbishop of Canterbury in the Church of England.


Moore was the son of Thomas Moore, butcher, and his wife Elizabeth. He was born in Gloucester and was baptised in St. Michael's Church, Gloucester, on 13 January 1729-30. He was educated at The Crypt School, Gloucester. He was a student at Pembroke College, Oxford (matriculated 1745; BA 1748; MA 1751).[3]

Having taken holy orders, he was for some years tutor to Lords Charles and Robert Spencer, younger sons of Charles Spencer, 3rd Duke of Marlborough. On 21 September 1761, he was preferred to the fifth prebendal stall in the church of Durham, and in April 1763, to a canonry at Christ Church, Oxford. On 1 July 1764, he took the degrees of B.D. and D.D. On 19 September 1771, he was made dean of Canterbury, and on 10 February 1775, bishop of Bangor.[3]

On the death of Archbishop Frederick Cornwallis, he was translated to the see of Canterbury, 26 April 1783,[4] on the joint recommendation of Bishops Robert Lowth and Richard Hurd, both of whom had declined the primacy. Though not a great ecclesiastic, Moore was an amiable and worthy prelate, a competent administrator, and a promoter of the Sunday-school movement and of missionary enterprise. He appears to have dispensed his patronage with somewhat more than due regard to the interests of his own family.[3]

He died at Lambeth Palace on 18 January 1805, and was buried in Lambeth parish church.[5]


Moore married twice, first, a daughter of Robert Wright, chief justice of South Carolina ; secondly, on 23 January 1770, Catherine, daughter of Sir Robert Eden, bart., of West Auckland. He left issue.[3]

Discovery of his coffin[edit]

In 2017, during the refurbishment of the Garden Museum,[6] which is housed at the medieval church of St Mary-at-Lambeth,[7] 30 lead coffins were found; one with an archbishop's red and gold mitre on top of it.[8] A metal plate identified one of these as belonging to Moore, with another being that of his wife Catherine.[9]



 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainRigg, James McMullen (1894). "Moore, John (1730-1805)". In Lee, Sidney (ed.). Dictionary of National Biography. 38. London: Smith, Elder & Co.


Church of England titles
Preceded by
Brownlow North
Dean of Canterbury
Succeeded by
The Hon James Cornwallis
Preceded by
John Ewer
Bishop of Bangor
Succeeded by
John Warren
Preceded by
The Hon Frederick Cornwallis
Archbishop of Canterbury
Succeeded by
Charles Manners-Sutton