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Charles Dodgson

Birthplace: Howden, East Riding of Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
Death: January 21, 1795 (73)
Dublin, Dublin City, Dublin, Ireland
Immediate Family:

Son of Rev Christopher Dodgson and Elizabeth COULTON
Husband of Mary Frances Dodgson
Father of Charles Dodgson and Elizabeth Anne Dodgson

Occupation: Bishop of Ossory (1765–1775) then Bishop of Elphin (1775–1795).
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Bishop Charles Dodgson FRS 1722 - 1795

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Charles Dodgson FRS (c. 1722 – 21 January 1795) was an English Anglican cleric who served in the Church of Ireland as the Bishop of Ossory (1765–1775) then Bishop of Elphin (1775–1795).

Dodgson was born in Howden, Yorkshire. His date of birth is not recorded; he was baptised on 10 January 1722. His father, Christopher Dodgson (1696-1750), was the curate there.

He was educated at Westminster School and St. John's College, Cambridge. (see record below)

After ordination, he was appointed to the parish of Bintry, Norfolk in 1746. He moved to the north of England, keeping a school at Stanwix in Cumberland and becoming Rector of Kirby Wiske in 1755. He was tutor to Lord Algernon Percy, the son of the Duke of Northumberland; in 1762, the Duke gave him the parish of Elsdon, Northumberland.

Dodgson was elected as a fellow of the Royal Society in 1762.

Rapidly promoted, he was nominated to the bishopric of Ossory on 22 June and consecrated at St. Werburgh's Church, Dublin on 11 August 1765 by the Most Reverend William Carmichael, Archbishop of Dublin. Ten years later, he was translated to the bishopric of Elphin by letters patent on 12 April 1775.[4][5] King George III congratulated him on this promotion, saying that he ought indeed to be thankful to have got away from a palace where the stabling was so bad.

In 1768, he married Mary Frances Smyth (1749–1796).

Among their children were Captain Charles Dodgson (1769?–1803), Elizabeth Anne Dodgson (1770–1836) and 2nd Lieut. Percy Currer Dodgson RN (1782–1807). Captain Dodgson was the father of Charles Dodgson (Archdeacon of Richmond) and the grandfather of Lewis Carroll. Elizabeth Dodgson married Major Charles Lutwidge; among their children was Frances, mother of Lewis Carroll.

He died in Dublin on 21 January 1795 and was buried at St. Bride's Church, Dublin.


1.Thomas Thomson (1812). "Appendix IV". History of the Royal Society: From Its Institution to the End of the Eighteenth Century. R. Baldwin. p. xl.

2. Cotton 1848, The Province of Leinster, p. 287.p. 129.

3. Fryde et al. 1986, Handbook of British Chronology, p. 404. p. 393.

4. Collingwood 1898, The Life and Letters of Lewis Carroll, p. 5.


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Cohen, Morton (1995). Lewis Carroll: A Biography. Macmillan. p. 4. ISBN 0-333-62926-4.

Collingwood, Stuart Dodgson (1898). The Life and Letters of Lewis Carroll. London: T. Fisher Unwin. pp. 3–5.

Mr Dodgson, Nine Lewis Carroll Studies. Lewis Carroll Society. 1973. p. 8.

Fryde, E. B.; Greenway, D. E.; Porter, S.; Roy, I., eds. (1986). Handbook of British Chronology (3rd, reprinted 2003 ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-56350-X.

Cotton, Henry (1848). The Province of Leinster. Fasti Ecclesiae Hiberniae: The Succession of the Prelates and Members of the Cathedral Bodies of Ireland. Volume 2. Dublin: Hodges and Smith.

Cotton, Henry (1850). The Province of Connaught. Fasti Ecclesiae Hiberniae: The Succession of the Prelates and Members of the Cathedral Bodies of Ireland. Volume 4. Dublin: Hodges and Smith.


Cambridge University Alumni, 1261-1900

Name Charles Dodgson

College ST JOHN'S

Entered 1742

Died Jan. 21, 1795

More Information Adm. sizar (age 18) at ST JOHN'S, June 3, 1741. S. of Christopher (1707), clerk, of Yorkshire. B. at Howden. School, Sherburn. Matric. 1742; B.A. 1746-7; M.A. 1758. Ord. deacon (Hereford, for Norwich) Mar. 15, 1746-7; priest (Hereford) Dec. 25, 1749. Kept a school at Stanwix, Cumberland. R. of Kirby Wiske, Yorks., 1755-62. R. of Elsden, Northumberland, 1761-5. Chaplain to the Duke of Northumberland, when Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. F.R.S. 1762. Bishop of Ossory, 1765; and of Elphin, 1775-95. Died in Dublin, Jan. 21, 1795. Will, Dublin. (Scott-Mayor, III. 519.)

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January 10, 1722
Howden, East Riding of Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
January 21, 1795
Age 73
Dublin, Dublin City, Dublin, Ireland