Charles Ellicott

Charles Ellicott
Bishop of Gloucester
Charles Ellicott by Herbert R Barraud.jpg
Church Church of England
Province Province of Canterbury
Diocese Diocese of Gloucester
Ordination 1848
Consecration 25 March 1863
Personal details
Birth name Charles John Ellicott
Born 25 April 1819

Whitwell, Rutland, England
Died 15 October 1905 (aged 86)

Birchington-on-Sea, Kent, England
Nationality English
Denomination Anglicanism
Spouse Constantia Ann Becher
Children Arthur and Rosalind
Alma mater Stamford School;

St John's College, Cambridge
Ellicott as caricatured by Spy (Leslie Ward), July 1885.

Charles John Ellicott (1819–1905) was a distinguished English Christian theologian, academic and churchman. He briefly served as Dean of Exeter,[1] then Bishop of the united see of Gloucester and Bristol.

Early life and family [ edit ]

Ellicott was born in Whitwell, Rutland on 25 April 1819.[2] He was educated at Stamford School and St John's College, Cambridge.[3]

He married Constantia Ann Becher at St Marylebone Parish Church, London on 31 July 1848.[4] One of their children was the composer Rosalind Ellicott.[5]

Ecclesiastical career [ edit ]

Following his ordination into the Anglican ministry in 1848, he was Vicar of Pilton, Rutland and then Professor of Divinity at King's College London and Hulsean Professor of Divinity at Cambridge. In 1861, he was appointed Dean of Exeter. Two years later he was nominated the bishop of the united sees of Gloucester and Bristol on 6 February and consecrated on 25 March 1863.[6] In 1897, he resigned the bishopric of Bristol,[7] but continued as Bishop of Gloucester until resigning on 27 February 1905.[8] He died in Kent on 15 October 1905, aged 86.[9]

Works [ edit ]

  • Historical Lectures on the Life of Our Lord Jesus Christ: Being the Hulsean Lectures for the Year 1859. With Notes, Critical, Historical, and Explanatory, 1862
  • Destiny of the Creature, 1865
  • Historical Lectures on the Life of Christ, 1870
  • Modern Unbelief, its Principles and Characteristics, 1877
  • Spiritual Needs in Country Parishes, 1888
  • Sacred Study
  • An Old Testament Commentary for English Readers, 1897 (Editor)
  • A New Testament Commentary for English Readers, 1878
  • St Paul's First Epistle to the Corinthians: With a Critical and Grammatical Commentary, 1887
  • Our Reformed Church and its Present Troubles, 1897
  • The Revised Version of Holy Scripture, 1901

Notes [ edit ]

  1. ^ The Times, Wednesday, 3 July 1861; pg. 6; Issue 23975; col A New Dean of Exeter
  2. ^ "Who was Who"1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 2007 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  3. ^ "Ellicott, Charles John (ELCT837CJ)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  4. ^ The Nautical Magazine and Naval Chronicle... a Journal of Papers on Subjects Connected with Maritime Affairs. Simpkin, Marshall & Company. 1848. p. 566.
  5. ^ "Mrs Ellicott". The Times. London, England (40455): 10. 24 February 1914.
  6. ^ Fryde et al. 1986, Handbook of British Chronology, pp. 232 and 249.
  7. ^ Fryde et al. 1986, Handbook of British Chronology, p. 232.
  8. ^ Fryde et al. 1986, Handbook of British Chronology, p. 249.
  9. ^ The Times, Monday, 16 October 1905; pg. 5; Issue 37839; col B Death of Bishop Ellicott.

Bibliography [ edit ]

  • Fryde, E. B.; Greenway, D. E.; Porter, S.; Roy, I., eds. (1986). Handbook of British Chronology (3rd, reprinted 2003 ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-56350-X.

External links [ edit ]

Church of England titles
Preceded by

Thomas Hill Lowe
Dean of Exeter

1861 – 1863
Succeeded by

William Brodrick
Preceded by

William Thomson
Bishop of Gloucester and Bristol

Succeeded by


as Bishop of Gloucester

George Forrest Browne

as Bishop of Bristol
New creation

Separate see
Bishop of Gloucester

Succeeded by

Edgar Gibson
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