William Buller

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The Right Reverend
William Buller
Bishop of Exeter
Bp William Buller.jpg
Diocese Diocese of Exeter
In office 1792–1796
Predecessor John Ross
Successor Reginald Courtenay
Other posts Bishop of Bristol (1794–1797)
Personal details
Born baptized (1735-08-09)9 August 1735
Died 12 December 1796(1796-12-12) (aged 61)
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Spouse Anne Thomas (m.1762)
Alma mater Christ Church, Oxford
This article is about the Bishop of Exeter. For the racing driver, see William Buller (racing driver).
Memorial in Exeter Cathedral

William Buller (1735–1796) was Bishop of Exeter from 1792 to 1796.[1]

He was born probably at Morval, Cornwall to parents John Francis Buller and Rebecca Trelawney. He was educated at Christ Church, Oxford, graduating BA in 1757, MA in 1759; BD and DD in 1781.[2] His first ecclesiastical appointments were as rector of Brightwell and canon of Winchester Cathedral. He was also rector of North Waltham,[3] and became a canon residentiary of Windsor in 1773 and was selected dean of Exeter in 1784. In 1790 he was translated as Dean of Canterbury.[4] Buller returned to Exeter as Bishop in late 1792.[2][5]

William married Anne Thomas, the daughter of John Thomas, Bishop of Winchester, on 19 April 1762.[6]

Buller was a friend of George Austen, the father of Jane Austen, who educated his son Richard. Richard became a correspondent of Jane, but died young.[7] He died on 12 December 1796.


  1. ^ http://www.exetermemories.co.uk/EM/bishops.php
  2. ^ a b Aston, Nigel. "Buller, William (1735–1796)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/39561.  (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  3. ^ http://www.southernlife.org.uk/northwaltham_church.htm
  4. ^ http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=34584
  5. ^ "no. 13457". The London Gazette. 8 September 1792. p. 694. 
  6. ^  "Thomas, John (1696-1781)". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900. 
  7. ^ Irene Collins, Jane Austen and the Clergy (2003), pp. 9-10.

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Church of England titles
Preceded by
Jeremiah Milles
Dean of Exeter
Succeeded by
Charles Harward
Preceded by
George Horne
Dean of Canterbury
Succeeded by
Folliott Cornewall
Preceded by
John Ross
Bishop of Exeter
Succeeded by
Reginald Courtenay