He was educated at Rossall School and Pembroke College, Cambridge and ordained in 1928. Beginning his ministry with a curacy at St Mary’s Portsea he was successively Vicar of Aylesbeare, Rector of Newton Abbot and finally (before his elevation to the Episcopate) Rural Dean of the Three Towns.
He was the father of Robert Key, a politician.
- Who was Who 1897-2007: London, A & C Black, 2008 ISBN 978-0-19-954087-7
- The Rt Rev J. M. Key (Obituaries) The Times, Saturday, 29 Dec 1984; pg. 8; Issue 62023; col G
- The Times, Friday, 7 Nov 1947; pg. 6; Issue 50912; col F Ecclesiastical News Consecration of Bishop Key
- The Times, Friday, 18 Mar 1960; pg. 14; Issue 54723; col D Bishop of Truro enthroned
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