Charles Moss (bishop of Bath and Wells)

Charles Moss (bishop of Bath and Wells)

Charles Moss (3 January 1711/12 – 13 April 1802) was an Anglican clergyman who served as Bishop of St David's from 1766 to 1774 and Bishop of Bath and Wells from 1774 to 1802.


Born in Postwick, Norfolk, Moss was son of William Moss, a grazier and large landowner of Postwick. He was educated under Mr Reddington at Norwich and at Caius College, Cambridge. He graduated BA in 1831 and was a fellow of Caius from 1835 to 1839.[1] Moss served as prebendary of Warminster, (1738-1740) and of Hurstbourne and Burbage, Diocese of Salisbury, (1740-1786); as residential canon of Salisbury, 1746-1786; Archdeacon of Colchester, St. Paul's Cathedral, London, (1749-1766).[2]

From 1758 to 1766 Moss was a Chaplain to the King.[1] Moss also served as rector of St George's, Hanover Square, London beginning in 1759 and remained in that post when he was appointed Bishop of St David's in 1766. He was translated to Bath and Wells in 1774, remaining in that post until his death in 1802.[3] As Bishop of Bath and Wells, he was one of the three bishops to consecrate William White and Samuel Provoost, the second and third American Episcopal bishops, respectively, in 1787. His son Charles Moss (bishop of Oxford) was also an Anglican bishop. Moss died in London.


Church of England titles
Preceded by
Robert Lowth
Bishop of St David's
Succeeded by
James Yorke
Preceded by
Edward Willes
Bishop of Bath and Wells
Succeeded by
Richard Beadon