William Boyd Carpenter

William Boyd Carpenter
Short Name: William Boyd Carpenter
Full Name: Carpenter, William Boyd, 1841-1918
Birth Year: 1841
Death Year: 1918

William Boyd Carpenter KCVO (26 March 1841, Liverpool – 26 October 1918, Westminster) was a Church of England clergyman who became Bishop of Ripon and court chaplain to Queen Victoria.

William Boyd Carpenter was the second son of the Rev. Henry Carpenter of Liverpool, perpetual curate of St Michael's Church, Aigburth, who married (marriage license 1837 in Derry) Hester Boyd of Derry, sister of Archibald Boyd, Dean of Exeter. Her father was Archibald Boyd (born about 1764 of Saint Leonards, Shoreditch, London, England), who married Sarah Bodden there on 13 July 1789. Their eldest son was Archibald Boyd.

William Boyd Carpenter eventually fathered a total of 5 sons and 6 daughters. He married his first wife, Harriet Charlotte Peers, in 1864; she bore him 8 children. He married a second wife, Annie Maude Gardner, in 1883, who bore him three further children. The eldest Grandson, Francis was the father of Sir Henry Boyd-Carpenter KCVO (11 October 1939) Senior Partner of Farrer & Co,the Royal Solicitors. His second son William became Professor of Oriental Languages at Georgetown University, Washington DC. His grandson Michael (19 February 1932) was Senior Partner of Joseph Sebag & Co Stockbrokers. His fourth son, Archibald (26 March 1873 – 27 May 1937), was a Conservative MP and minister, as was Archibald's son the Lord Boyd-Carpenter (2 June 1908 – 11 July 1998). His children are Viscountess Hailsham. & Lieutenant General Sir Thomas Boyd-Carpenter.

Carpenter was educated at the Royal Institution, Liverpool, and St Catharine's College, Cambridge, and was appointed Hulsean lecturer at Cambridge in 1878. He held several curacies, was vicar of Christ Church, Lancaster Gate, from 1879 to 1884, canon of Windsor in 1882–84, and after 1884 Bishop of Ripon. In 1887 he was appointed Bampton lecturer at Oxford, and in 1895 pastoral lecturer on theology at Cambridge. In June 1901, he received an honorary doctorate of Divinity from the University of Glasgow.

In 1904 and 1913 he visited the United States and delivered the Noble lectures at Harvard. He was chaplain in ordinary to Queen Victoria, Edward VII, and George V. He resigned his see in 1911 on the grounds of ill-health and became a canon and sub-dean of Westminster. He was interested in eugenic issues and served as President of the Society for Psychical Research in 1912.

His publications include:
Commentary on Revelation (1879)
Permanent Elements of Religion (Bampton lectures, 1889)
Popular History of the Church of England (1900)
Witness to the Influence of Christ (1905)
Some Pages of my Life (1911)
Life's Tangled Thread (1912)
The Apology of Experience (1913)


Texts by William Boyd Carpenter (6)sort descendingAsAuthority LanguagesInstances
Before Thy throne, O God, we kneel, Give us a conscience quick to feelWilliam Boyd Carpenter (Author)English14
Christ, Who our weak flesh didst earWilliam Boyd Carpenter (Author)English2
Now another stage of travelWilliam Boyd Carpenter (Author)2
O God, the strength of those who warWilliam Boyd Carpenter (Author)English6
Thou who hast bidden hearts to beatBishop W. Boyd Carpenter, 1841-1918 (Author)English2
We read in God's word of heavenWilliam Boyd Carpenter (Author)2
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