George Moberly

The Right Reverend
George Moberly
Bishop of Salisbury
Diocese Diocese of Salisbury
In office 1869–1885
Predecessor Walter Hamilton
Successor John Wordsworth
Personal details
Born (1803-10-10)10 October 1803
Died 6 July 1885(1885-07-06) (aged 81)
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Education Winchester College
Alma mater Balliol College, Oxford

George Moberly (10 October 1803 – 6 July 1885), English divine, was educated at Winchester and Balliol College, Oxford.


After a distinguished academic career he became head master of Winchester in 1835. This post he resigned in 1866, and retired to the Rectory of St. Mary's Church, Brighstone, Isle of Wight,[1] he was also a Canon of Chester Cathedral.[2] Mr Gladstone, however, in 1869 called him to be Bishop of Salisbury,[3] in which see he kept up the traditions of his predecessors, Bishops Hamilton and Denison, his chief addition being the summoning of a diocesan synod.[4]

Though Moberly left Oxford at the beginning of the Oxford Movement, he fell under its influence: the more so that at Winchester he formed a most intimate friendship with Keble, spending several weeks every year at Otterbourne, the next parish to Hursley.

Moberly, however, retained his independence of thought, and in 1872 he astonished his High Church friends by joining in the movement for the disuse of the damnatory clauses in the Athanasian Creed. His chief contribution to theology is his Bampton Lectures of 1868, on The Administration of the Holy Spirit in the Body of Christ.[4]

His daughter Charlotte Anne Moberly became the first principal of St Hugh's College, Oxford, and co-authored under the pen name "Elisabeth Morison" An Adventure (1911), in which she relates her purported encounter with the ghost of Marie-Antoinette in the gardens of the Petit Trianon in 1901. His great-grandson, Dick Milford, was a clergyman and educator who was involved in the founding of Oxfam.

He died on 6 July 1885.[5]


  1. "Three famous men of Brighstone" Sibley,P Brighstone, Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Brighstone ISBN 0-906328-31-4
  2. The London Gazette: no. 23552. p. 5911. 5 November 1869. Retrieved 2008-02-21.
  3. The London Gazette: no. 23527. p. 4637. 17 August 1869. Retrieved 2008-02-21.
  4. 1 2 Hamilton 1894.
  5. The London Gazette: no. 25512. p. 4402. 18 September 1885. Retrieved 2008-02-21.
Academic offices
Preceded by
David Williams
Headmaster of Winchester College
Succeeded by
George Ridding
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Walter Hamilton
Bishop of Salisbury
Succeeded by
John Wordsworth

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