Robert Trefusis

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Robert Edward Trefusis (1843-1930) was the first suffragan Bishop of Crediton from 1897 to 1930.[1][2]


He was born in Bideford on 24 January 1843, a son of Captain Hon. George Rolle Walpole Trefusis (1793-1849), a younger son of Robert George William Trefusis, 17th Baron Clinton (1764–1797)[3]


he was educated at Cheltenham College[4] and Exeter College, Oxford. Ordained in 1866,[5] he began his ordained ministry as a curate in Buckingham. He was then appointed by his cousin Mark Rolle, lord of the manor and patron of the living, as Vicar of Chittlehampton.[6] The parish church of Chittlehampton was dedicated to the little-known St Urith, believed to have been a local Saxon maiden born and martyred within the parish, and Trefusis named one of his daughters Hyeritha Trefusis in her honour. She became known to local parishioners as "Miss Urith".[7] He subsequently served for 33 years as Suffragan Bishop of Crediton.[8] He died on 9 July 1930.[9]

He celebrated the dedication of the Exeter War Memorial.[10]


  1. ^ The Times, Thursday, Feb 25, 1897; pg. 7; Issue 35136; col F Ecclesiastical Intelligence Consecration of the Bishop of Crediton.
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  4. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  5. ^ The Times, Monday, Feb 26, 1866; pg. 9; Issue 25431; col F Diocese of Oxford-ordinations
  6. ^ "The Clergy List, Clerical Guide and Ecclesiastical Directory" London, Hamilton & Co 1889
  7. ^ Andrews, Rev. J.H.B., Chittlehampton, Transactions of the Devon Association, vol.94, 1962, pp.233-338, p.241
  8. ^ He was also additionally Archdeacon of Barnstaple from 1909- Who was Who (ibid)
  9. ^ Obituary-Bishop Trefusis A Long Ministry In Devon The Times Thursday, Jul 10, 1930; pg. 16; Issue 45561; col A
  10. ^ "Exeter's Northernhay War Memorial". Exeter Memories. 5 June 2009. Retrieved 9 September 2012. 
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Inaugural appointment
Bishop of Crediton
1897 – 1930
Succeeded by
William Frederick Surtees