Robert Mortimer

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Robert Cecil Mortimer (6 December 1902 - 11 September 1976[1] was an Anglican bishop in the Church of England.[2]

Mortimer was educated at St Edward's School, Oxford[3] and Keble College in the same city. He was ordained in 1927 and was a curate at St Mary's Redcliffe, Bristol.[4] He then became a lecturer in canon law and then the Regius Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology[5] at the University of Oxford before his ordination to the episcopate as the Bishop of Exeter in 1949.[6][7] He held this position for 24 years.

Mortimer was also a notable author,[8]and frequently appeared on BBC Television. He had four children, one of whom is the journalist and author Edward Mortimer.


  1. ^ "Obituary: The Right Rev Robert Mortimer Former Bishop of Exeter", The Times, 13 September 1976, p16.)
  2. ^ "New Bishop of Exeter", The Times, 11 February 1949, p4.
  3. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  4. ^ Church Web Site
  5. ^ "University News", The Times, 11 February 1944, p7.
  6. ^ National Archives
  7. ^ Genuki
  8. ^ Among other books he wrote Gambling (1933), Origins of Private Penance (1939), The Elements of Moral Theology (1947), Marriage in Church and State (1947), Christian Ethics (1950), The Duties of a Churchman (1951) and Western Canon Law (1953).
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Charles Edward Curzon
Bishop of Exeter
1949 – 1973
Succeeded by
Eric Arthur John Mercer