William Maskell

(1814—1890) Roman Catholic convert and liturgical scholar

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(1814–90), ecclesiastical antiquary. Educated at University College, Oxford, he became an extreme High Churchman and took holy orders in 1837. His two books, The Ancient Liturgy of the Church of England (1844) and Monumenta Ritualia Ecclesiae Anglicanae (1846), were important contributions to the revival of liturgical studies in the C of E. As chaplain to H. Phillpotts, Bp. of Exeter, Maskell conducted the examination of G. C. Gorham when the latter was presented to the vicarage of Brampford Speke; and the issue of the case led Maskell to secede to the RC Church in 1850. He never received RC ordination, but devoted himself to antiquarian studies and public service in Cornwall.

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