William Tozer

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William George Tozer (1829–1899) was a colonial bishop[1] in the 19th century.[2]

He was born in Teignmouth[3] and educated at St John's College, Oxford[4] and ordained in 1854.[5] His first post was a curacy at St Mary Magdalene Munster Square.[6] Later he was Vicar of Burgh-le-Marsh.[7] In 1862 he was appointed leader of the Universities' Mission to Central Africa.[8] He was Bishop of Nyasaland for a decade and later held further Episcopal appointments in the West Indies.[9][10] He died on 23 June 1899.

Church of England titles
Preceded by
Charles Frederick Mackenzie
Bishop of Nyasaland
1863 –1873
Succeeded by
Edward Steere
Preceded by
Reginald Courtenay
Bishop of Jamaica
Succeeded by
Enos Nuttall
Preceded by
Inaugural appointment
Bishop of Belize
1880– 1881


  1. ^ National Archives
  2. ^ The History of the Universities' Mission to Central Africa
  3. ^ Burghlemarsh web-site
  4. ^ “Who was Who” 1897–2007 London, A & C Black, 2007 ISBN 978-0-19-954087-7
  5. ^ "The Clergy List, Clerical Guide and Ecclesiastical Directory" London, Hamilton & Co 1889
  6. ^ Photo of church
  7. ^ Lincolnshire Public Records Service
  8. ^ Ecclesiastical news Universities' Mission To Central Africa The Times Thursday, 20 Nov 1862; pg. 6; Issue 24408; col E
  9. ^ Jamaican Diocesan Web Site
  10. ^ Belizean Web Site