Francis Underhill

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The Right Reverend
Francis Underhill
Bishop of Bath and Wells
Bp Francis Underhill.jpg
Francis Underhill by Harry Morley
Diocese Diocese of Bath and Wells
In office 1937–1943
Predecessor Basil Wynne Willson
Successor William Wand
Other posts Dean of Rochester (1932–1937)
Personal details
Born (1878-05-16)16 May 1878
Died 24 January 1943(1943-01-24) (aged 64)
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Education Shrewsbury School
Alma mater Exeter College, Oxford

Francis Underhill (16 May 1878 - 24 January 1943[1]) was an Anglican bishop in the first half of the 20th century.

Underhill was educated at Shrewsbury School and Exeter College, Oxford.[2] He was ordained in 1901 and was a curate at St Paul's Swindon and St Thomas the Martyr, Oxford and then Vicar of St Alban the Martyr, Birmingham until 1925. He was the first secretary of the Federation of Catholic Priests[3] and from 1925 until 1932 he was Warden of Liddon House,[4] and priest in charge of the Grosvenor Chapel, Mayfair when he was appointed Dean of Rochester, a position he held until his consecration to the episcopate as Bishop of Bath and Wells in 1937. An author,[5] he was a cousin of Evelyn Underhill.


  1. ^ "Obituary: The Rt Rev F Underhill", The Times, 25 January 1943; p6; Issue 49452; col E
  2. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
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  4. ^ "Liddon House New appointment, Rev Francis Underhill", The Times 11 November 1925; p8; Issue 44116; col C
  5. ^ Amongst others he wrote The Catholic Faith in Practice (1918); The Life of Prayer in the World (1923); Can We Enjoy Religion? (1926); Prayer in Modern Life (1928); and Christian Life in the Modern World (1934) > British Library website accessed 1 November 2008

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Church of England titles
Preceded by
Reginald Thomas Talbot
Dean of Rochester
Succeeded by
Ernest Morrell Blackie
Preceded by
Basil Wynne Willson
Bishop of Bath and Wells
Succeeded by
William Wand

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