John Gott (bishop)

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John Gott (25 December 1830 – 21 July 1906[1]) was the third Bishop of Truro[2] from 1891[3] until his death in 1906.


Gott was born in Leeds[4] on Christmas Day 1830, the third son of William Gott.[5] He was educated at Winchester and Brasenose College, Oxford.[6] He then embarked on an ecclesiastical career with a curacy at Great Yarmouth, after which he held incumbencies at Bramley, Leeds, 1871–76,[7] and at Leeds Parish Church,[8] where he also founded the Leeds Clergy School. His last post, before his ordination to the episcopate,[9] was as Dean of Worcester from 1886.[10]

In 1891, Gott succeeded to the see of Truro on the resignation of George Howard Wilkinson. He was consecrated at St Paul's Cathedral on 29 September 1891. He saw in 1903 the completion of Truro Cathedral ; founded a bishop's clergy fund for the aid of clergy in time of ill-health or other necessity ; and diligently visited all parts of his diocese. A high churchman, but not a strong partisan, he signed in January 1901 the bishops' letter inviting clergy to accept the positions defined in the Lambeth 'Opinions.'[11]

He died suddenly at his residence, Trenython, near Par, on 21 July 1906 and was buried at Tywardreath.[11]


Gott married in 1868 Harriot Mary Maitland of Loughton Hall, Essex; she died in London on 19 April 1906; they had one son and three daughters.[11]


  • The Parish Priest of the Town (1887)


  1. The Times, Monday, 23 July 1906; p. 4; Issue 38079; col D Death of the Bishop of Truro
  2. Genealogical website
  3. New Bishop of Truro The Times, 6 June 1891; p. 13; Issue 33344; col F
  4. Gott family website
  5. Alumni Oxonienses
  6. Who was Who 1897–1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  7. "The Clergy List, Clerical Guide and Ecclesiastical Directory" London, Hamilton & Co 1889
  8. Wakefield Museums
  9. National Archives
  10. Robert Woodward Papers
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Buckland 1912.

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Religious titles
Preceded by
Lord Alwyne Compton
Dean of Worcester
Succeeded by
Robert Forrest
Preceded by
George Wilkinson
Bishop of Truro
Succeeded by
Charles Stubbs