Wordsworth, Christopher (1774–1846)

Anglican clergyman and scholar. He was the youngest brother of William Wordsworth and, like his older brother, was educated at Hawkshead School and Trinity College, Cambridge (1792–1796), where he became a Fellow in 1798. He was ordained in 1799 and enjoyed a successful clerical career through the patronage of Charles Manners-Sutton (1755–1828; DNB), Archbishop of Canterbury 1805–1828, whose son Wordsworth had tutored. He served as Rector of Woodchurch, Kent, 1806–1808, Bocking in Essex 1808–1816, St Mary’s, Lambeth 1816–1820 and Uckfield, Sussex, 1820–1846. Wordsworth was elected Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, 1820–1841, where his length of tenure was not matched by his popularity or achievements. Wordsworth’s list of publications included an Ecclesiastical Biography (1810) and Who wrote Ikon Basilike? (1824). In 1804 he married Priscilla Lloyd (d. 1815), sister of Charles Lloyd.