Charles Moss (bishop of Bath and Wells)

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The Reverend
Charles Moss
Bishop of Bath and Wells
Church Church of England
Province Province of Canterbury
Diocese Diocese of Canterbury
Elected 1774
Term ended 1802
Predecessor Edward Willes
Successor Richard Beadon
Other posts Bishop of St David's (1766–1774);
Chaplain to the King (1758 - 1766)
Personal details
Born (1711-01-03)3 January 1711
Postwick, Norfolk
Died 13 April 1802(1802-04-13) (aged 91)
Buried Grosvenor Chapel
Denomination Anglican
Alma mater Caius College, Cambridge

Charles Moss (3 January 1711/12 – 13 April 1802) was an Anglican clergyman who served as Bishop of St David's from 1766 to 1774 and Bishop of Bath and Wells from 1774 to 1802.


Born in Postwick, Norfolk, England, Moss was son of William Moss, a grazier and large landowner of Postwick. He was educated under Mr Reddington at Norwich School and at Caius College, Cambridge. He graduated BA in 1831, ordained by Priest Thomas Gooch at Bristol in 1837, and was a fellow of Caius from 1835 to 1839.[1]

Moss served as prebendary of Warminster, (1738–1740) and of Hurstbourne and Burbage, Diocese of Salisbury, (1740–1786); as residential canon of Salisbury, 1746–1786; Archdeacon of Colchester, St. Paul's Cathedral, London, (1749–1766).[2] In 1752 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society and served as their Vice-President from 1766 to 1768.[3]

From 1758 to 1766, Moss was a Chaplain to the King.[1] Moss also served as rector of St George's, Hanover Square, London beginning in 1759 and remained in that post when he was appointed Bishop of St David's in 1766. He was translated to Bath and Wells in 1774, remaining in that post until his death in 1802.[4] As Bishop of Bath and Wells, he was one of the three bishops to consecrate William White and Samuel Provoost, the second and third American Episcopal bishops, respectively, in 1787.

Moss died in London and was buried at Grosvenor Chapel, South Audley Street, London.


Out of a fortune of £140,000, he bequeathed £20,000 to his only daughter, wife of John King,[5] and the remaining £120,000 to his only surviving son, Dr. Charles Moss, a graduate of Christ Church, Oxford (B.A. 1783 and D.D. 1797), and chaplain of the House of Commons in 1789, whom his father had appointed archdeacon of Carmarthen, January 1767, and archdeacon of St. David's in the December of the same year. He also gave him the sub-deanery of Wells immediately after his translation in 1774, and the precentorship in 1799, and three prebendal stalls in succession ; in 1807 he was made bishop of Oxford, and died on 16 December 1811.[6]


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  2. Institute of Historical Research
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  4. St. George's, Hanover Square
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  6. Venables 1894.

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Church of England titles
Preceded by
Robert Lowth
Bishop of St David's
Succeeded by
James Yorke
Preceded by
Edward Willes
Bishop of Bath and Wells
Succeeded by
Richard Beadon