Christopher Wordsworth

Christopher Wordsworth

Death 20 Mar 1885 (aged 77)
Burial Lincoln, City of Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England
Plot Memorial only, buried at Riseholme
Memorial ID 27153968 · View Source
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English bishop and man of letters. He was the youngest son of the Rev. Dr. Christopher Wordsworth, Master of Trinity, born in London and educated at Winchester and Trinity, Cambridge. He was the younger brother of Charles Wordsworth, Bishop of Saint Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane, and a nephew of the poet William Wordsworth. Like his brother Charles, he was distinguished as an athlete as well as for scholarship. He became senior classic, and was elected a fellow and tutor of Trinity in 1830; shortly afterwards he took holy orders. He went for a tour in Greece in 1832-1833, and published various works on its topography and archaeology, the most famous of which is Wordsworth's Greece, 1839. In 1836 he became Public Orator at Cambridge, and in the same year was appointed Headmaster of Harrow, a post he resigned in 1844. He then served as Canon of Westminster (1844-1869), Vicar of Stanford in the Vale, Berkshire (1850-1869) and Archdeacon of Westminster (1864-1869). From 1869 till his death in 1885 Wordsworth was Bishop of Lincoln. As a scholar he is best known for his edition of the Greek New Testament (1856-1860), and the Old Testament (1864-1870), with commentaries; but his writings were many in number, and included a volume of devotional verse, The Holy Year (1862), Church History up to A.D. 451 (1881-1883), and Memoirs of his uncle, William Wordsworth (1851), to whom he was literary executor. In 1838 he married Susanna Hartley Frere and had seven children. The elder son, John Wordsworth (1843-1911), was Bishop of Salisbury, founder of Bishop Wordsworth's School, Salisbury, and author of Fragments of Early Latin (1874); the eldest daughter, Elizabeth (1840-1932), was the founder (in 1878) of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford and its first principal in 1879. His younger son Chistopher was a noted liturgical scholar.

Gravesite Details Bishop of Lincoln 1868-1885.


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