March 26, 1841, Li­ver­pool, Eng­land.

Oc­to­ber 26, 1918, Lon­don, Eng­land.

West­min­ster Ab­bey, Lon­don, Eng­land.


William was the son of Hen­ry Car­pen­ter of Li­ver­pool, per­pe­tu­al cur­ate of St Mi­chael’s Church, Aig­burth, and Hes­ter Boyd of Der­ry. He mar­ried twice, to Har­ri­et Char­lotte Peers (1864) and An­nie Maude Gar­dner (1883).

Carpenter was ed­u­cat­ed at St. Cath­a­rine’s Col­lege, Cam­bridge (BA 1864), and or­dained by Arch­bi­shop Long­ley.

He cul­ti­vat­ed roy­al­ty, be­com­ing chap­lain to Queen Vic­tor­ia and Clerk to the Clos­et of Ed­ward VII and George V. He served as Bi­shop of Ri­pon, 1884–1911.

Among other things, he ran his own Cler­gy School where he gave tu­i­tion in preach­ing. Geof­frey Stud­dert-Ken­ne­dy was one of his pu­pils.

Car­pen­ter ad­vo­cat­ed a na­tion­al sys­tem for old age pen­sions long be­fore it be­came prac­ti­cal po­li­tics, and found­ed the Vic­tor­ia Fund to pr­ovide pen­sions for the cler­gy. His works in­clude:

  1. Before Thy Throne, O God, We Kneel
  2. O God, the Strength of Those Who War