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Bishop Morley.

George Morley D.D. (1598–1684) was an English bishop, of the dioceses of Worcester and Winchester.


Morley was born in London, England, in February, 1598, to Francis Morley and Sarah Denham, and educated at Westminster School and Christ Church, Oxford. He graduated B.A., 1618, and M.A., 1621. Throughout the 1620s and 1630s he moved in the illustrious intellectual political circles of Lucius Cary, 2nd Viscount Falkland at Great Tew.[1] During these years, he served as domestic chaplain to Robert Dormer, 1st Earl of Carnarvon.[1] In 1640, he was presented to the sinecure living of Hartfield, Sussex, and in the following year he was made canon of Christ Church, Oxford and exchanged Hartfield for the rectory of Mildenhall, Wiltshire.

Morley in the Civil Wars and Interregnum

He preached before the House of Commons in 1642, but his sermon gave offence, and when in 1647 he took a prominent part in resisting the parliamentary visitation of Oxford University he was deprived of his canonry and living.

Leaving England, he joined the court of King Charles II, and became one of the leading clergy at The Hague. Shortly before the Restoration he came to England on a highly successful mission to gain for Charles the support of the Presbyterians. In 1660, he regained his canonry, and soon became Dean of Christ Church.[2][3] In the same year, he was consecrated Bishop of Worcester. At the Savoy Conference of 1661 he was chief representative of the bishops. He was translated to the see of Winchester in 1662 and made Dean of the Chapel Royal in 1663, a position he held until dismissed by King Charles in 1668.


His works are few and chiefly polemical, e.g. The Bishop of Worcester's to a friend for Vindication of himself from the Calumnies of Mr. Richard Baxter.


  1. ^ a b Spurr, John (2004). "Morley, George". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/19285.  (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  2. ^ Salter, H. E. and Lobel, Mary D., ed. (1954). "Christ Church". A History of the County of Oxford: Volume 3: The University of Oxford. Victoria County History. pp. 228–238. Retrieved July 26, 2011. 
  3. ^ Horn, Joyce M., ed. (1996). "Deans of Christ Church, Oxford". Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1541–1857: volume 8: Bristol, Gloucester, Oxford and Peterborough dioceses. Victoria County History. pp. 80–83. Retrieved July 26, 2011. 


Academic offices
Preceded by
Edward Reynolds
Dean of Christ Church, Oxford
Succeeded by
John Fell
Church of England titles
Title last held by
John Prideaux
Bishop of Worcester
Succeeded by
John Gauden
Preceded by
Brian Duppa
Bishop of Winchester
Succeeded by
Peter Mews

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Terry F  •  Link

George Morley (1597-1684)
After resisting the Parliament during the Commonwealth, he joined Charles in exile in France; before the Resoration he came to England and gained the support for it of the Presbyterians. In 1660 "he was consecrated bishop of Worcester. At the Savoy conference of 1661 he was chief representative of the bishops. He was translated to the see of Winchester in 1662."

Bill  •  Link

George Morley, some time chaplain to Charles I. was a polite scholar, and an eminent divine, especially in controversy. He was, in the early part of his life, one of Ben Jonson's sons. He was also an intimate friend of lord Falkland, Mr. Hyde, Mr. Chillingworth, Mr. Waller, and others of the first eminence in the late reign. One of his excellencies, which raised him much in the esteem of all his friends, helped to degrade his character in the opinion of his enemies. This was his wit, which was natural, but uncommon; keen, but inoffensive. The very faculty was condemned by many in this age, without the least regard to its application. After the death of the king, he retired to the Hague, where he attended on Charles II. He afterwards resided at Antwerp, where he was very assiduous in his ministerial duty. During his residence abroad, he contracted an intimacy with Rivetus, Heinsius, Salmasius, Bochart, and other persons of rank in the learned world. Upon the Restoration, he was made dean of Christ-church, and the fame year bishop of Worcester, whence he was translated to Winchester. His constant practice was to rise at five o'clock in the morning, to go to bed at eleven, and eat but once a day. By these rules he preserved his health, with very little interruption, through the course of a long life. He died Oct. 29, 1684. His writings are chiefly on polemical subjects. In 1683, he published several treatises in a quarto volume. In the preface is a good account of the religious character of Anne Hyde, dutchess of York, before her conversion to popery.
---A Biographical History of England. J. Granger, 1779.

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