George Hollis (bishop)

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George Arthur Hollis (17 April 1868 – 20 March 1944) was a British Anglican bishop. He was bishop of Taunton (a suffragan bishop in the Diocese of Bath and Wells) from 1931 to 1944. [1]


Early life

Hollis was born on 17 April 1868. He was educated at Keble College, Oxford. [2]

Ordained ministry

Hollis was ordained in the Church of England in 1894. He began his ecclesiastical career with a curacy at St James Wednesbury , [3] followed by a spell as Perpetual Curate of St Bartholomew Armley . [4] After this he was Vicar of Headingley and then the principal of Wells Theological College, before a 14-year stint as bishop of Taunton.

Personal life

He married Mary Margaret Church (1874-1941), herself the daughter of an Anglican minister, at Wells Cathedral on 5 July 1898. Their son Christopher was MP for Devizes from 1945 to 1955, [5] and another son Roger was director general of MI5 from 1956 to 1965. Of grandchildren: Adrian Hollis, Roger's son, was a chess champion and Classics don; while another is, like George, a bishop: Christopher's son, Crispian is the Roman Catholic bishop of Portsmouth.


He died on 20 March 1944.

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  1. Episcopal Changes New Bishop of Taunton The Times Thursday, Sep 18, 1930; pg. 12; Issue 45621; col C
  2. “Who was Who” 1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN   0-7136-3457-X
  3. "Church web site". Archived from the original on 9 May 2008. Retrieved 21 September 2008.
  4. The Times, Tuesday, May 18, 1909; pg. 10; Issue 38962; col B Ecclesiastical Intelligence.
  5. Obituary-Mr Christopher Hollis Writer and former MP The Times Monday, May 09, 1977; pg. 16; Issue 59998; col E

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Preceded by Bishop of Taunton
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