Charles Ellicott

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.

Charles Ellicott
Bishop of Gloucester
ProvinceProvince of Canterbury
DioceseDiocese of Gloucester
Consecration25 March 1863
Personal details
Birth nameCharles John Ellicott
Born25 April 1819
Whitwell, Rutland, England
Died15 October 1905 (aged 86)
Birchington-on-Sea, Kent, England
DenominationChurch of England
SpouseConstantia Ann Becher
ChildrenArthur and Rosalind
Alma materStamford School;
St John's College, Cambridge

Early life and family

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

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]


  • 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


  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.


  • 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.
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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