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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

23 December 1841 A.D. B.F. Wescott’s Predecessor at Durham, H.G.C. Moule, Born—Anglican Bishop (Durham) & Scholar

23 December 1841 A.D.  B.F. Wescott’s Predecessor at Durham, H.G.C. Moule, Born—Anglican Bishop (Durham) & Scholar


Handley Carr Glyn Moule, DD (born Fordington, Dorchester, 23 December 1841; died 8 May 1920, Cambridge) was an evangelical Anglican theologian, writer, poet, and Bishop of Durham from 1901-1920.



Moule was schooled at home before entering Trinity College, Cambridge in 1860, where he graduated BA in 1864.[1] He was elected a Fellow of Trinity in 1865, and became an assistant master at Marlborough College before he was ordained deacon in 1867 and priest in 1868. From 1867 he was his father's curate at Fordington, Dorset, with a stint of five years as Dean of Trinity College 1873-1877.[2] In 1880 he became the first principal of Ridley Hall, Cambridge, and then in 1899 became Norrisian Professor of Divinity at the University of Cambridge, until his appointment as Bishop of Durham in September 1901. He was consecrated as Bishop in York Minister 18 October 1901.[3]

Moule was active in the Higher Life movement and was one of the speakers at the inaugural Keswick Convention. He is buried in St Cuthbert's Cemetery, Durham.

Moule was an Honorary Chaplain to Queen Victoria from December 1898[4] until her death in January 1901, then an Honorary Chaplain to King Edward VII for a couple of months until he was appointed bishop. In November 1901 he was elected an Honorary Fellow of St Catherine's College, Oxford, where he had been a Professorial Fellow previously,[5] and in December 1901 he received the degree Doctor of Divinity (DD) by diploma from the University of Durham.[6]


Handley Moule was the eighth and final son of Henry Moule (1801–1880), an inventor and the vicar of Fordington for over 50 years. Handley was named after his godfathers Augustus Handley, a minister at Fordington, and Rev. Carr John Glyn (father of General John P. C. Glyn). His brothers George Evans Moule and Arthur Evans Moule were missionaries in China, and another brother, Charles Walter Moule, was president of Corpus Christi. Two more brothers, Horatio Mosley Moule and artist Henry Joseph Moule are chiefly remembered as friends of novelist Thomas Hardy, who was well known to the Moule family. Moule's grand-nephew C. F. D. Moule was a notable theologian.

Handley Moule married Harriet Mary Elliott (1844-1914)[7] (called "Mary") in 1881; they had two children, Mary "Tesie" Moule (1882–1905) and Isabel Catherine Moule (1884–1959). In 1907 Moule published a memoir on Mary's short life entitled The School of Suffering.[8]


Moule was a New Testament scholar who wrote over 60 books and pamphlets. He also wrote poems on religious subjects; he won the Seatonian Prize at Cambridge for sacred poetry 1869-1873 and again in 1876. He published at least two volumes of poetry in his lifetime, in addition to the prizewinning pieces.[9] He wrote a number of hymns, of which "Lord and Savior, True and Kind" is probably the best known.[10][11]

This is an incomplete list of Handley Moule's published works. Some of these have been reprinted in recent years; some are available as e-books for the Kindle and other readers.

Christian Self-Denial: A Poem Which Obtained the Seatonian Prize, MDCCCLXIX, Deighton, Bell, & Co., Cambridge, 1869

Poems on Subjects Selected From the Acts of the Apostles, with Other Miscellaneous Pieces, Deighton, Bell, & Co., Cambridge, 1869

The Beloved Disciple: A Poem Which Obtained the Seatonian Prize, MDCCCLXX, Deighton, Bell, & Co., Cambridge, 1870

Tyre: A Poem Which Obtained the Seatonian Prize, MDCCCLXXI, Deighton, Bell, & Co., Cambridge, 1871

The Gospel in Polynesia: A Poem Which Obtained the Seatonian Prize, MDCCCLXXII, Deighton, Bell, & Co., Cambridge, 1872

The Brazen Serpent: A Poem Which Obtained the Seatonian Prize, MDCCCLXXIII, Deighton, Bell, & Co., Cambridge, 1873

The Victory Which Overcometh the World: A Poem Which Obtained the Seatonian Prize, MDCCCLXXVI, Deighton, Bell, & Co., Cambridge, 1876

Dorchester Poems, W. Poole, London, 1878

Christianus, A Story of Antioch: And Other Poems, Cambridge: Deighton, Bell, and Co., 1883

Thoughts on Union with Christ, Seeley & Co., London, 1885

Thoughts on Christian Sanctity, Seeley & Co., London, 1886

Thoughts on the Spiritual Life, Seeley & Co., London, 1887

The Epistle to the Ephesians, with Introduction and Notes, University Press, Cambridge, 1888

Outlines of Christian Doctrine, Thomas Whittaker, New York, probably 1889

Veni Creator: Thoughts on the Person and Work of the Holy Spirit of Promise, Hodder and Stoughton, London, 1890

To My Younger Brethren: Chapters on Pastoral Life and Work, Hodder and Stoughton, London, 1892

Charles Simeon, Methuen & Co., London, 1892

Christ is All: Sermons from New Testament Texts on Various Aspects of the Glory and Work of Christ; With Some Other Sermons, E. P. Dutton & Co., New York, 1892

Jesus and the Resurrection. Expository Studies on St. John xx, xxi, London, 1893

The Epistle of St. Paul to the Romans, Hodder and Stoughton, London, 1894

Secret Prayer, Thomas Whittaker, New York, 1895

Colossian Studies: Lessons in Faith and Holiness from St. Paul's Epistles to the Colossians and Philemon, A. C. Armstrong and Son, New York, 1898

Ephesian Studies: Expository Readings on the Epistle of Saint Paul to the Ephesians, A. C. Armstrong and Son, New York, 1900

Phillipian Studies: Lessons in Faith and Love from St. Paul's Epistle to the Philippians, A. C. Armstrong, New York, 1900

The Old Gospel for the New Age, And Other Sermons, Fleming H. Revell Company, Chicago, New York, & Toronto, 1901

The Epistle of Saint Paul to the Romans, A. C. Armstrong, New York, 1902

From Sunday to Sunday: Short Bible Readings for the Sundays of the Year, A. C. Armstrong and Son, New York, 1904

Short Devotional Studies on the Dying Letter of St. Paul, Religious Tract Society, London, 1905

The School of Suffering: A Brief Memorial of Mary E. E. Moule, By Her Father Handley, Bishop of Durham, Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, London, 1907

Messages from the Epistle to the Hebrews, Elliot Stock, London, 1909

Memories of a Vicarage, Religious Tract Society, London, 1913

Christus Consolator: Words for Hearts in Trouble, Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, London, 1917

Letters and poems of Bishop Moule: Selections from the Spiritual Letters and Poems of Handley Carr Glyn Moule, Bishop of Durham (1901-1920), Marshall Bros., 1921


Jump up ^ "Moule, Handley Carr Glyn (ML860HC)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 

Jump up ^ "Ecclesiastical intelligence - new Bishops" The Times (London). Wednesday, 21 August 1901. (36539), p. 8.

Jump up ^ "Ecclesiastical intelligence - Consecration of Bishops" The Times (London). Saturday, 19 October 1901. (36590), p. 11.

Jump up ^ "University intelligence" The Times (London). Thursday, 7 November 1901. (36606), p. 6.

Jump up ^ "University intelligence" The Times (London). Wednesday, 11 December 1901. (36635), p. 6.

Jump up ^ Mid-Victorian Poetry, 1860-1879: An Annotated Biobibliography, Catherine W. Reilly, Mansell Publishing, New York, 2000, p. 327

Munden, A. F. (September 2004; online edn, May 2006). "Moule, Handley Carr Glyn (1841 - 1920)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 2010-03-15.  Check date values in: |date= (help)

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Preceded by
Brooke Westcott
Bishop of Durham
Succeeded by
Hensley Henson

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