George D'Oyly Snow
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George D'Oyly Snow

George D'Oyly Snow (1903-1977) was a British schoolmaster and Anglican clergyman, who later served for a decade as the fifth Bishop of Whitby.[1]

Education and career

Snow was educated at Winchester College and Oriel College, Oxford.[2]

Snow became an assistant master at Eton College (towards the end of which time he was ordained).[3] After Eton he became Chaplain of Charterhouse, and then Headmaster of Ardingly College (1947–1961). He was appointed Prebendary of Chichester Cathedral in 1959.[4] In 1961, he was consecrated a bishop and appointed Bishop of Whitby, a suffragan bishop in the Diocese of York.[4]

Snow was a prolific author: amongst others he wrote A Guide to Prayer (1932), A School Service Book (1936), Into His Presence (1946), The Public School in the New Age (1959), and Forth in His Name (1964).[4] He continued in retirement to chair The National Society.

Personal life

He was the son of First World War General Sir Thomas D'Oyly Snow. In 1942 he married Joan Way, a pianist who had studied at the Royal College of Music and they had three sons including the Channel 4 newscaster Jon Snow.[5] George Snow was the uncle of television presenter Peter Snow, father of television presenter Dan Snow.

A tall man,[6] Snow was estimated by his son Jon to have stood at 6 foot 7 inches.[5]


  1. ^ The Times, Thursday, 19 October 1961; p. 14; Issue 55216; col D Ecclesiastical News Consecration Of Two Bishops At York
  2. ^ The Right Rev George Snow Former Suffragan Bishop of Whitby (Obituaries) The Times Monday, 21 November 1977; p. 17; Issue 60166; col F
  3. ^ Crockford's clerical directory, (London, Church House 1995) ISBN 0-7151-8088-6
  4. ^ a b c "Who was Who 1897–1990" London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  5. ^ a b Snow, Jon (3 May 2005). Shooting History. London: Harper Perennial. p. 352. ISBN 0-00-717185-4.
  6. ^ The Times, Thursday, 3 April 1969; p. VI; Issue 57526; col A Fun for a 6ft. bishop

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