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« on: April 19, 2017, 08:04:42 AM »

Attached is a photograph of the grave headstone of the late Reverend Christoper Wordsworth, Rector of the Parish of Buxted, East Sussex.  He was the younger brother of the famous poet, William Wordsworth.

Christopher Wordsword   D.D.  (Doctor of Divinity)
Born on the 9th June 1774 at Cockermouth in Cumberland.
Died on the 2nd February 1846 at the age of 71 years, at Buxted, East Sussex.

At the time of his death he was the Rector of the Church of St. Margaret The Queen, Buxted, and is buried in the churchyard - towards the back of the churchyard overlooking the valley towards Buxted village.

The inscription on his headstone reads :

                      IN BLESSED HOPE
             OF A GLORIOUS RESURRECTION
              DIED AND WAS HERE BURIED
                          THE REVEREND
             CHRISTOPHER WORDSWORTH D.D.
                    RECTOR OF THIS PARISH
                           FOR XXV YEARS
                AND FOR XX YEARS MASTER OF
                TRINITY COLLEGE CAMBRIDGE.
               HE WAS BORN AT COCKERMOUTH
               IN THE COUNTY OF CUMBERLAND
                         JUNE THE 9th 1774
               AND DEPARTED OUT OF THIS LIFE
                AT BUXTED FEBRUARY 2nd 1846.

   BLESSED ARE THE DEAD WHICH DIE IN THE LORD
  YEA, SAITH THE SPIRIT, THAT THEY MAY REST FROM
THEIR LABOURS AND THEIR WORKS DO FOLLOW THEM
                                                               REV. XIV 13



As his headstone states, he was Master of Trinity College, Cambridge.  His higher education started at that College and he became a Fellow in 1798 and later, in 1820 he became Master.  His studies were based on Theology.  It was during his studies at Trinity that he received the academic degree of "D.D." , which are the post nominal initials on his headstone - this is "Doctor of Divinity".

It was also whilst he was at Trinity College Cambridge that, in 1804, he married Priscilla Lloyd, with whom he had three sons, John, Charles and Christopher.  Priscilla died in 1815.

If the dates and years indicated on his headstone are correct then he would have been Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, at the same time and for some years as when he was the Rector of The Church of St. Margaret The Queen, Buxted.

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