George Spencer (bishop)

George John Trevor Spencer (11 December 1799 – 16 July 1866)[2] was an Anglican bishop in the 19th century and a member of the Spencer family.

Spencer (1922), from Frank Penny's Book 'The Church in Madras, Volume III[1]


He was the son of William Spencer (1769–1834), younger son of Lord Charles Spencer, and a great-grandson of Charles Spencer, 3rd Duke of Marlborough. He was educated at University College, Oxford (BA 1822, DD 1847), made deacon 1823 by the Bishop of Lincoln and ordained priest by the Bishop of Salisbury in 1824. He became Perpetual curate of Buxton until 1829, when he became Rector of Leaden Roding until[3] his appointment as the Bishop of Madras in 1837. He was also awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity (DD).[4] The post came through the influence of John Hobhouse, 1st Baron Broughton, his brother-in-law.[5]

Resigning his See in 1849, he was afterwards minister of the Marbœuf Chapel (English Protestant) in Paris; an assistant Bishop of Bath and Wells (4 October 1852 – 10 May 1853) and commissary during Bagot's illness;[6] and then Chancellor of St Paul's Cathedral[7] from 1860.[3] His last post was as Rector of Walton on the Wolds, Leicestershire.[8]


Spencer married in 1823 Harriet Theodora, daughter of Benjamin Hobhouse. They had two sons and three daughters.[5] Spencer's brother Aubrey Spencer (1795–1872) became first Bishop of Newfoundland in 1839, then Bishop of Jamaica.


  1. ^ Penny, Frank (1922). The Church in Madras : being the History of the Ecclesiastical and Missionary Action of the East India Company in the Presidency of Madras From 1835 to 1861: Volume III. London: John Murray. p. 210. Retrieved 9 February 2015.
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  3. ^ a b Crockford's Clerical Directory appendix, 1861. (p. 38)
  4. ^ The Times, Thursday, 17 June 1847; page 6; Issue 19578; col F "University Intelligence. Oxford, 16 June"
  5. ^ a b Brown, Clare. "Spencer, George Trevor". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/26126. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  6. ^ "The late Bishop Spencer". Church Times. No. 182. 28 July 1866. p. 242. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 16 March 2020 – via UK Press Online archives.
  7. ^ "The New Chancellor of St. Paul's Cathedral"; The Morning Post (London, England), Tuesday, 20 November 1860; p. 5; Issue 27122.
  8. ^ Derby Mercury (Derby, England), Wednesday, 26 June 1861; Issue 6744
Church of England titles
Preceded by Bishop of Madras
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