Maurice Key

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(John) Maurice Key (born 4 June 1905;[1]died 21 December 1984[2]) was the Anglican Bishop of Sherborne[3] then Truro[4] in the third quarter of the 20th century.

He was educated at Rossall School and Pembroke College, Cambridge and ordained in 1928. Beginning his ministry with a curacy at St Mary’s Portsea he was successively Vicar of Aylesbeare, Rector of Newton Abbot and finally (before his elevation to the Episcopate) Rural Dean of the Three Towns.

He was the father of Simon Robert Key.


  1. Who was Who 1897-2007: London, A & C Black, 2008 ISBN ISBN 978-0-19-954087-7
  2. The Rt Rev J. M. Key (Obituaries) The Times, Saturday, Dec 29, 1984; pg. 8; Issue 62023; col G
  3. The Times, Friday, Nov 07, 1947; pg. 6; Issue 50912; col F Ecclesiastical News Consecration of Bishop Key
  4. The Times, Friday, Mar 18, 1960; pg. 14; Issue 54723; col D Bishop of Truro enthroned
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Harold Nickinson Rodgers
Bishop of Sherborne
1947 –1959
Succeeded by
Victor Joseph Pike
Preceded by
Edmund Robert Morgan
Bishop of Truro
1960 –1973
Succeeded by
Graham Douglas Leonard