Charles de Salis

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Charles de Salis
Bishop of Taunton
Photo of Rt. Rev. Charles Fane de Salis (1860-1942), as a young man.jpg
De Salis as a young man, circa 1890
Diocese Diocese of Bath and Wells
In office1911–1930
Predecessor William Finch (16th century)
Successor George Hollis
Other post(s) Archdeacon of Taunton (1911–1938)
Assistant Bishop of Bath and Wells (1931–1942)
Ordination1833 (deacon); 1884 (priest)
Consecration25 July 1911
Personal details
Born(1860-03-19)19 March 1860
Fringford, Oxfordshire, UK
Died24 January 1942(1942-01-24) (aged 81)
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Parents Henry de Salis & Minnie Henley
SpouseLady Mary Parker
Children2 daughters, 1 son
Alma mater Exeter College, Oxford

Charles Fane de Salis (1860–1942) was Bishop of Taunton from 1911 to 1930.


Early life

Lady Mary de Salis. Lady Mary Alice Parker (28.6.1863 - 11.1.1930), from 1896 wife of Bishop Charles Fane-De Salis.jpg
Lady Mary de Salis.
Memorial in Wells Cathedral Memorial to Charles Fane de Salis in Wells Cathedral.JPG
Memorial in Wells Cathedral

Born in Fringford, Oxfordshire, on 18 or 19 March 1860 into an occasionally clerical family, he was educated at Eton [1] and Exeter College, Oxford (MA, DD).[ citation needed ]


Made deacon in 1883 and ordained priest in 1884, [2] he was Curate at St. Michael's, Coventry (until 1888), Vicar of Milverton (1888–1896), then East Brent [3] (1896–99, succeeding his uncle George Denision) and then Rector of Weston-super-Mare. [4] In 1911, he became Archdeacon of Taunton (by his collation on 18 May) [5] and Bishop suffragan of Taunton [6] immediately before his consecration as a bishop on St James's Day (25 July), by Randall Davidson, Archbishop of Canterbury, at St Paul's Cathedral. [7] He additionally became a canon residentiary of Wells Cathedral in 1915, resigned his see and canonry in 1930, and became an assistant bishop of Bath and Wells in 1931. He retired as archdeacon in 1938. [1]

He died on 24 January 1942 and is commemorated in a memorial on the west wall of Wells Cathedral. [8]

Marriage and family

De Salis married his third cousin, on 21 July 1896, Lady Mary Alice (28 June 1863 11 January 1930, daughter of Thomas Parker, 6th Earl of Macclesfield). They had two daughters and a son. [9]

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  1. 1 2 "De Salis, Charles Fane" . Who's Who . A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc.(Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  2. "New Suffragan Bishop of Taunton" . Church Times . No. 2521. 19 May 1911. p. 671. ISSN   0009-658X . Retrieved 9 March 2020 via UK Press Online archives.
  3. Vicar of St Mary’s, East Brent
  4. Malden Richard (ed) (1920). Crockford's Clerical Directory for 1920 (51st edn) . London: The Field Press. p. 1470.
  5. "Church News. Personal" . Church Times . No. 2522. 26 May 1911. p. 714. ISSN   0009-658X . Retrieved 9 March 2020 via UK Press Online archives.
  6. "Episcopal Changes Resignation of The Bishop of Taunton" The Times Thursday, 18 September 1930; pg. 12; Issue 45621; col C
  7. "Consecration at St Paul's" . Church Times . No. 2531. 28 July 1911. p. 122. ISSN   0009-658X . Retrieved 9 March 2020 via UK Press Online archives.
  8. "Memorial to former Bishop of Taunton unveiled" The Times Monday, 22 March 1943; pg. 6; Issue 49500; col D
  9. Armorial Families: A Directory of Gentlemen of Coat Armour, A. C. Fox-Davies, T. C. & E. C. Jack, 1910, p. 541
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William Finch
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