William Fiddian Moulton

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William Fiddian Moulton
Portrait of Moulton in Moulton Chapel,
The Leys School, Cambridge
Born (1835-03-14)14 March 1835
Died 5 February 1898(1898-02-05) (aged 62)
Nationality British
Occupation Methodist Church of Great Britain minister

Rev. William Fiddian Moulton (14 March 1835 – 5 February 1898) was an English Methodist minister, Biblical scholar and educator.


William's father, James Moulton, was a Wesleyan minister and he had at least three other brothers, and probably two sisters. Like his father and grandfather, William became a Weslyan minister and in 1875 the first headmaster of The Leys School, Cambridge. He remained headmaster for the rest of his life; one of the school's houses is named after him.

He was elected President of the Methodist Conference at Bristol in 1890.[1]

On a stormy afternoon in 1898, he was on his way to visit a sick parishioner when he suffered a heart attack in the grounds of the school. A gardener found him and bought him back to his house, where he died soon after, aged sixty-two. He was interred in Histon Road Cemetery, Cambridge, and has a memorial in Wesley's Chapel, London.

In his biography, his son James noted that "So genuine was his sense of unworthiness that praise to him became a positive pain. He would walk out of the room rather than hear a laudatory passage about himself."


He wrote a concordance of the Greek New Testament, and some titles with his son James. He sat on various inter-denominational committees concerned with translations of the New Testament.

Selected writings

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  1. ^ anon. (1891). Wesley and His Successors. London: Charles H Kelly. p. 258.